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Storm Frank brings wet and windy weather

Heavy rain and strong winds associated with Storm Frank have affected many parts of the UK

During Tuesday evening and during Wednesday heavy rain and strong winds associated with Storm Frank have spread across the UK, resulting in further flooding and considerable disruption to transport and infrastructure in places.

The graphic below shows the highest wind speeds recorded overnight:

Maximum wind gusts associated with Storm Frank

24 hour rainfall totals up until 3pm 30th December 2015
Site NameAreaRainfall (mm)
Cluanie InnRoss and Cromarty80.0
Tulloch BridgeInverness-shire76.0
AchnagartRoss and Cromarty53.6
KatesbridgeCo. Down50.2

This evening and overnight to the south of a line from approximately mid Wales to the Humber, rain will continue at times. Showers will follow the rain in northern and western areas. Some of these showers will turn wintry with squally winds across Northern Ireland and southwest Scotland for a time this evening before drier weather follows later. The wind should continue to ease overnight.

New Year's Eve (Thursday) looks to be a brighter, colder day with sunshine and showers, some heavy with hail and thunder especially during the afternoon. A cold night is then expected with a widespread frost in all parts.

Many areas should be fine and dry on New Year's Day (Friday), but cloud, rain and strong winds are likely to return from the west over the weekend.

This very unsettled and occasionally stormy spell was well signalled in our recent three month outlooks and is not unusual for this time of year, indeed this is when climatologically we would expect to have most of our storms.

We only need to go back to the Winter storms, December 2013 to January 2014 to see storms of similar strength to that of Frank. There are comparable or more severe storms in recent years, including Winter storms, early January 2012 and Early winter storms, late 2011, each of which caused widespread impacts.

Throughout this unsettled spell Met Office forecasters and advisors are working round the clock with our partners to keep everyone up to date with the latest forecast information so they can plan and prepare for the expected weather.

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