Met Éireann issue weather warning ahead of 'Storm Caroline'

Strong winds of up to 80mph are expected to hit Aberdeen and most of northern central and eastern Aberdeenshire

Forecasters have warned road, rail, air and ferry services could all be disrupted while homes might lose power as the Scottish Highlands are worst hit by the strong gusts which will reach at least 60mph widely.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow alert for several parts of the country as the violent storm approaches.

The warnings precede a new Atlantic storm called Storm Caroline that is due to take hold on Thursday.

"Winds will start to ease in the west by then with the strongest of the winds becoming confined to the Northern Isles in the evening".

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice for Derbyshire this weekend.

Met Éireann issue weather warning ahead of 'Storm Caroline'

Caroline is the fourth major storm to hit the United Kingdom this season following Aileen in September, ex-hurricane Ophelia in October and Brian, also in October. Temperatures will fall to between minus 2 and plus 2 degrees, with frost and icy patches.

The Met Office says that while snow showers are expected to become "increasingly frequent" over norther Scotland late on Thursday, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England can also expect similar on Friday.

The Irish weather service said northwest winds of 55 to 65 are expected to gust 100 to 110 km/h, with strongest winds in coastal areas and over high ground until Thursday evening.

The next name on the list is Dylan, which will be assigned to the next storm.

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