Brace yourselves for Storm Diana

Met Office meteorologist Becky Mitchell said: "Strong winds and heavy rain will continue into Thursday".

Edinburgh's Christmas issued a weather warning around 15:00 today advising the Star Flyer ride is now closed due to high winds.

As the country braces itself for Storm Diana, which looks set to hit Ireland on Wednesday, Met Éireann has issued another weather warning for Ireland.

Weather warnings for gusts of up to 80mph and persistent rain have been issued for parts of the UK.

"Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely with some journeys taking longer".

Warnings were extended on Thursday morning into north-east Scotland and further east across England, with winds due to start easing by mid afternoon across northern England and south-east Scotland, and by late afternoon across north-east Scotland.

"This would also bring some rough seas, large waves, and possible local coastal impacts".

The forecast of severe weather follows strong winds and heavy rains today, which led to restrictions being put in place at Dublin Port where terminal operations were shut down for much of the morning.

The Yellow Warning covers the period between 3am and 2pm tomorrow (Thursday).

Met Eireann have upgraded their weather warnings.

Roads and bridges could also be closed as a precaution.

"Wind gusts of 60 miles per hour are expected, with a few, more exposed, locations seeing 70 miles per hour gusts".

"There's a risk if the low pressure deepens a bit more than we expect at the moment there's even stronger winds developing across western parts of England and Wales".

"Through Friday evening there's still plenty of heavy showers around and then through the night wet weather sweeps in through most of England and Wales and much of Northern Ireland".

  • Joey Payne