Storm Aileen set to bring 75mph winds to parts of UK

Heavy Rain Thunderstorms and Possible Hail Set to Batter London

The UK is bracing itself for stormy weather

And Ireland is set to be hit by the first-named storm of the year - Storm Aileen - but Ireland may escape the worst and the United Kingdom will "bear the brunt".

Gusts of up to 75mph were forecast for much of the country, with the strongest winds expected during the evening.

The Met Office's amber warning for wind has been issued for North Wales, England's eastern coast and areas of the Midlands, which are likely to be worst affected.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Met Office Forecaster Emma Sharples said that an amber warning had been issued today ahead of the naming of the storm.

There is also a chance of flooding, power cuts, damage to trees and buildings.

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Gales are expected to arrive this evening (Tuesday), and move steadily eastward overnight.

"This warning has been expanded further south across Wales and also includes the far southeast of England".

"Winds will be at their strongest in exposed coastal areas".

Forecasters say it is too early to know how stormy this winter will be, but for comparison, the 2016-17 season saw five storms named, from Angus in late November to Ewan at the end of February.

The Met Office is predicting winds of up to 55mph in Morecambe during the early hours of Wednesday and rain overnight.

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"Rain is expected to start falling in the region from about 5pm and this will then be replaced at around 9pm by strong 40mph to 50mph winds and the odd gust over 60mph".

There has been some speculation that this weather is being driven by the severe weather in the Caribbean and U.S., there is no such connection.

"This system originated well north in the Atlantic Ocean, independent of the current Caribbean hurricanes".

The showers will still be blustery on Thursday with the winds easing as we get closer to the weekend.

Temperatures will hover around the 15C (59F) to 17C (62.6F) mark in the south over the coming days while the north lingers in single figures.

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The Environment Agency has also issued three flood alerts in Bridlington, Derbyshire and Manchester.

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