Storm Pia set to batter Lancashire and disrupt Christmas travel plans with winds of up to 70mph

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A yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office has been updated as Storm Pia looms, bringing winds of up to 70mph to Lancashire.

A notably deep area of low pressure will track to the north of the UK over the Norwegian Sea through Wednesday night and into Thursday.

This is expected to bring very strong winds and heavy showers to a large portion of the UK.

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The Met Office has subsequently updated a yellow weather warning covering a large swathe of the country, including all of Lancashire.

Storm Pia is set to bring winds of up to 70mph to LancashireStorm Pia is set to bring winds of up to 70mph to Lancashire
Storm Pia is set to bring winds of up to 70mph to Lancashire | National World

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said: "We've issued a large yellow warning area where there’s a potential for some impacts, but gusts of 50-60mph are possible for large parts of central and northern areas of the UK.

"Exposed coasts and high ground could see gusts of 70-80mph at times, mainly across the far north of Scotland.

"There's a chance this low pressure will continue to exert its influence into Friday, so it’s important to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecast."

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The weather warning will be in place from midnight until 9pm on Thursday (December 21)

It also comes with a caution for Brits heading home for Christmas ahead of the weekend, saying that they should expect travel disruptions on roads and train services.

Forecasters are also urging people on the coast to be aware of large and potentially life-threatening waves.

A yellow weather warning covering a large swathe of the country has been issued by the Met OfficeA yellow weather warning covering a large swathe of the country has been issued by the Met Office
A yellow weather warning covering a large swathe of the country has been issued by the Met Office | Met Office

The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has advised the public not to visit forests, country parks, and nature reserves until the winds subside.

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It remains generally rather unsettled for the weekend before Christmas, with further Atlantic frontal systems bringing rain and strong winds to parts of the UK.

Rain will be heaviest in the west and northwest through the weekend, with any snow most likely confined to high ground in northern Scotland.

Forecasters are urging people on the coast to be aware of large and potentially life-threatening wavesForecasters are urging people on the coast to be aware of large and potentially life-threatening waves
Forecasters are urging people on the coast to be aware of large and potentially life-threatening waves | National World

Some central and eastern areas of the UK could remain mostly dry.

There are still some uncertainties in the details of the forecast for Christmas Day, as Paul explained: "Christmas Day looks like being fairly unsettled in northern and western areas.

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"Any showers in the north could be wintry with hail and thunder, but even here, any snow will be mainly on high ground.

"While temperatures will be near normal for the time of year it will be a windy day for many, meaning it will feel colder."

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