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UK weather: When will Storm Francis hit your area as staycationers warned of 76mph winds

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Staycationers who chose to holiday in the UK this year are being warned to expect an "unseasonably wet and windy spell" as Storm Francis rolls in with wind speeds of up to 76mph.

Ferocious winds and heavy rain is expected to slam into the west of England from the early hours of Tuesday - before spreading across the whole country.

Those including campers staying by the coast have been told to prepare for the worst of the weather, with gale force wind and  up to 90mm of rain.

It follows a similar period of unseasonable weather towards the end of last week, coinciding with the arrival of Storm Ellen, which saw 15-year-old Nicola Williams swept to her death in the Rhymney River in Llanrumney, Cardiff, and a 50-year-old holidaymaker die in the sea near Helston, west Cornwall, after getting into difficulties.

Nicola Maxey of the Met Office said: "Since 2015 when we started naming storms, we have never had to name a storm in August - and now we've had two in a few days.

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"There are a lot of people on holiday in the UK at the moment, going camping and on walking breaks, many in coastal locations where the winds are likely to be stronger, so it is worth checking on the Met Office website ahead of time."

A new wind warning is in place for all of Wales and most of England until Wednesday, as well as two heavy rain warnings for southern Scotland, north Wales and northern England.

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: "The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday.

"There will be strong winds and heavy rain, especially in the west of the UK."

Here's a breakdown of the regional weather as Brits brace for a battering of heavy rain and gale force winds:

South east and London

Tonight will see some clear spells and a few showers before cloud builds in the early hours of tomorrow morning - with some very heavy rain forecast and strengthening winds.

Tuesday will see heavy rain spread across all parts, leading to a brighter afternoon - but gale force winds will still batter the region as Storm Francis rolls in.

Wednesday could see more wet and windy weather continuing eastwards - with the Met Office sayings winds could remain gale force in strength.

Thursday is likely to see plenty of showers - with a slight easing of wind strength as Francis rumbles further north.

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South west

By midnight in the south east, the entire region is expected to be hit by strong winds and increasingly wet weather.

Forecasters are warning winds will be particularly strong in coastal areas and hills - with severe gales expected.

On Wednesday rain and winds are likely to ease, leaving a mostly fine and sunny day before Thursday and Friday could turn unsettled again, with showers, or longer spells of rain and winds picking up again at the end of the week.

Midlands

Heavy rain will move in overnight from the west to cover the entire region by tomorrow morning - accompanied by gale force winds

Tuesday will bring very strong winds to the entire region before rain in during the morning will clear away to leave conditions briefly dry, before further showery rain moves in from the west. Maximum temperature 19 °C.

Rain and winds easing on Wednesday, leaving some sunshine by the afternoon. Thursday and Friday look unsettled again, with further showers, or longer spells of rain. Turning windier by Friday.

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North west

Tonight is expected to stay largely dry and clear before turning increasingly cloudy.

A band of heavy rain is then forecast to move in overnight from the west to cover the entire region by morning.

Forecasters predict winds strengthen throughout the night with a minimum temperature 7C.

On Tuesday, those in the north west will wake up to "very wet and windy" conditions - with rain possibly clearing for a shirt time around lunchtime.

However later in the afternoon on Tuesday will see another downpour with possible gale force winds

Heading throughout the week, Wednesday through to Friday could see an easing of the rain and wind - before more unsettled weather returns heading into the weekend.

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North east

Overnight tonight clear skies will bring chilly temperatures before clouds move in throughout the early hours, bringing heavy rain and strong winds - with a minimum temperature of 8C.

Tomorrow will start off dry in the far nirth at first before heavy rain spreads across the region, with the Met Office predicting strong to gale force winds.

Wednesday will see strong to gale force winds continue in Wednesday, with cloudy and showery rain sticking around until Thursday.

Moving towards the weekend, rain looks set to clear on Friday with winds till causing some disruption.

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Scotland

Heavy  downpours  and strong winds are set to batter parts of Scotland this week as Storm Francis sweeps over the country.

The Met Office has issued a yellow  weather  warning for rain on Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Forecasters  are anticipating floods and gusts of around 50mph in south-west Scotland, Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde as the latest storms descends on the UK.

The bad conditions could cause heavy disruption on the roads and on public transport, while some communities may be cut off by flooded streets.

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Wales

A number of weather warnings are in place on Tuesday and Wednesday across the country with stormy weather on the way.

Persistent rain, severe winds of more than 50mph and a drop in temperature across the country are all forecast for the week ahead.

The whole of Wales is covered by  a yellow weather warning for wind from Tuesday to Wednesday, with another period of strong winds and gales and some disruption to transport expected.

Northern Ireland

Most of Northern Ireland can expect heavy rain as Storm Francis arrives in the coming days.

The  Met Office  has issued a yellow weather warning for rain tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday.

The forecaster has suggested that around 60-90mm of rain could fall as Storm Francis moves from west to east.

The warning for  rain  is in place from midnight on August 25 until 6am on Wednesday (August 26) morning.

It has been warned that homes and businesses could be flooded, according to the Met Office.

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