Storm Malik tracker: UK braces for 72 hours of gales – will your area be hit?

Storm Malik tracker: UK braces for 72 hours of gales – will your area be hit?

Storm Malik is set to bring severe winds to parts of the country – with up to three days of disruption for some.

It comes as a number of weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office – with gusts of up to 70mph possibly causing travel chaos and damage to buildings.

A yellow weather warning for strong westerly has been issued with winds bringing some disruption on Saturday to Scotland, parts of Northern Ireland and northern England.

An amber weather warning has also been given out for eastern Scotland from 7am tomorrow until until 3pm for very strong winds.

Parts of the east coast should also be cautious over the next three days, with the alert going down as far as Norwich, East Anglia.

Storm Malik will hit parts of Scotland and the north east

The Met Office says strong winds could cause power cuts and tiles could be blown from roofs – with injuries and danger to life warnings from flying debris.

People are being warned to stay clear of coastal areas if possible as large waves and beach material could pose a danger.

Wind could get up to 70mph in some areas – and the challenging conditions are expected to last for three days, forecasters say.

A man battled through windy weather on Brighton seafront
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Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror)

Yellow and amber warnings have been issued across parts of the north east and Scotland
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Met office)

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “The impacts of Storm Malik are going to be greatest in Denmark on Sunday, but the track of the storm in the preceding hours means that the UK will be dealt a glancing blow as Malik moves eastwards on Saturday.

“For those in the north of the UK there will be high winds and rain on Saturday, with showers possibly turning wintry in the high ground in the north. The highest winds are expected in exposed coastal areas in the north and east of Scotland, but it will be a windy day for most.”

After a mild December, the UK has seen spells of icy temperatures this month and it was another cold start on Friday morning as typically wintry conditions continue.

The Met Office warns high winds could cause dangerous condition around coastal areas
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Adam Gerrard / Daily Mirror)

It isn’t just winds that will pose a problem over the weekend, however.

From Saturday, a new Arctic plunge will see heavy snow in parts and temperatures over the next week could fall as low as -5C.

Maps from WXCharts show a chilly day on Sunday with rain turning to snow with up to 20cm (7 inches) falling in Scotland.

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