The UK has been lashed by two named storms in quick succession this month – Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis. Both storms wreaked havoc, causing devastating flooding and widespread travel disruption.
Is there another storm coming this weekend?
The arrival of two named storms in recent weeks prompted fears of the arrival of a possible third named storm.
However in an update on Wednesday, February 19, the Met Office said a “named storm is not expected” in the coming days.
The Met Office said: “Although the outlook for this week stays unsettled, with severe weather warnings in place, a named storm is not expected.”
However the damage from the storms continues in some regions, with parts of the country remaining under a severe ‘danger to life’ warning.
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More than 1,000 properties have suffered flood damage as a result of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.
Steve Willington, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “Storm Dennis has long gone, but the legacy of high water levels and saturated catchments remain.
“Although the forecast for the next few days indicates that conditions won’t be as severe, any additional rainfall could create further challenges as river catchments are more likely to respond to extra rainfall more quickly.
“Flooding, especially in areas already heavily affected, remains a possibility.”
Although a storm is not forecast over the coming days, if one develops in the future its name has already been selected.
Together with Irish meteorological service Met Éireann, the Met Office releases the named storms for every North Atlantic storm season.
For the 2019/20 season, we have already witnessed Storm Atiyah, Storm Brendan and Storm Ciara.
Following the latest system, Storm Dennis, will be Storm Ellen, Storm Francis and Storm Gerda.
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Where are the Met Office weather warnings?
Parts of the UK are currently under Met Office warnings for rain today (Thursday).
Two areas in south wales and northwest Wales are under a yellow rain warning until 2pm today, with the Met Office warning rain is “likely to be heavy, especially over higher ground”.
A yellow rain warning is also in place for much of the northwest of England until 3pm today, affecting Lancaster and Preston.
Another area covering southern and western Scotland is under a yellow rain warning until 11am today.
On Friday a stretch of the northeast of England is under a yellow wind warning from 8am until 8pm.
A large proportion of central, southern and western Scotland is also under a yellow rain warning between 6am and 9pm.
On Friday a patch of northern England, including Leeds, York and Sheffield, has been placed under a yellow rain warning from 12pm until 6am on Saturday.
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