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UK weather: Storm Malik to batter Britain with gales of 80mph as amber wind alert issued

The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings for Storm Malik as it deals a “glancing blow” to the country and tracks across northern areas this weekend and into Monday, bringing with it rain as well as strong gales. An amber warning has been issued for eastern Scotland, where damaging gusts of wind will likely disrupt road, rail, air and ferry services.

Power supplies and mobile phone coverage could also be affected.

For the UK, gusts could reach up to 80mph in exposed coastal areas, but more widely 60mph as Storm Malik tracks eastwards towards Denmark.

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.”

According to the weather experts, the weather pattern across the UK is beginning to transition from a quiet and stable pattern to a more “active one”.

John Gresiak, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.com told express.co.uk: “Over the weekend and on into next week, there will be frequent storms systems passing nearby.

“While heavy rainfall does not appear likely in most areas, there will be increasing chances of rainy spells and gusty winds, along with some spells of cooler temperatures.”

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“This storm is expected to bring snow to the highlands of Scotland and outbreaks of rain farther south.”

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