Gales expected to pummel the coastlines of Wales and southern England in the UK

Revellers celebrating New Year’s Eve are advised to prepare for near-freezing conditions, while some parts of the UK are still recovering from Storm Gerrit. Wind gusts reaching up to 75mph (120km/h) are expected to hit the coasts of southern England and Wales this weekend. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for high winds in the south-east, south-west, East Anglia, and Wales from 11am on Saturday until 3am on Sunday. Separate warnings have been issued for sleet and snow in Scotland, and rain in Northern Ireland on Saturday.
New Year’s Eve revellers are being urged to wear warm clothing as temperatures in many parts of the UK could drop close to freezing at midnight. Some areas are still dealing with the aftermath of Storm Gerrit, which caused severe damage. In North Yorkshire, three men lost their lives when their 4×4 vehicle was submerged in a flooded river. Scotland also experienced power outages, leaving around 1,500 homes without electricity for two consecutive nights. Flooding warnings have been issued in England and Scotland, and a tornado caused damage to properties in Greater Manchester.
The disruption caused by the storm also affected transportation services. ScotRail, LNER, Avanti West Coast, and London Northwestern Railway all experienced suspensions or cancellations due to damage or system faults. Rail services in Wales will be affected until Monday. Ferry services were delayed or cancelled, and flights in and out of the UK were also disrupted, although most services have returned to normal. Additionally, Met Éireann, the Irish meteorological service, may name another storm, Storm Hank, as strong winds are forecasted to hit Ireland on Saturday.
Alex Burkill, a meteorologist from the Met Office, warned that New Year’s Eve night would be cold and advised people to dress warmly. He added that there would be a chilly atmosphere as the clock strikes midnight.

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