- Met Office has issued a ‘yellow’ weather warning for most of the country for Tuesday as gale force winds move in
- The storm is expected to make driving conditions difficult and cause chaos for the morning rush hour commuters
- Forecasters say worst will hit Monday night in northern areas of Ireland, England and Wales and Southern Scotland
- Motorists are warned to take extra care on the roads due to large amount of spray and potential for wet leaves
- Hurricane Gonzalo caused chaos on tiny island chain of Bermuda as trees were crushed and power lines flattened
Gemma Mullin for MailOnline
Hurricane Gonzalo which is tearing through the Atlantic will batter Britain this week bringing with it Gale Force 10 winds and heavy rain.
The Met Office has issued a ‘yellow’ weather warning for most of the country for Tuesday as gale force winds of 55mph are expected to make driving conditions difficult and cause chaos for rush hour commuters.
Experts are warning the worst of the hurricane will hit on Monday night with severe gales worst affecting northern parts of Ireland, Wales and England as well as Southern and Eastern Scotland.
Forecasters say Gale Force 10 winds can range between 55 and 63mph and typically damage buildings, trees and cause high churning white seas.
Windsurfers made the most of the gusty conditions today in Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire as heavy rains lashed the south west of Wales
Forecaster Simon Partridge, from the Met Office, said: ‘This storm is what’s left of Hurricane Gonzalo.
‘It is going to reach the UK late Monday night and into Tuesday morning and bring some heavy rain with it.
‘It will be moving through quite quickly and is likely to clear most of the UK within six to eight hours.
‘There will be up to 20mm of rain, which is not out of the ordinary for the time of year, and up to 40mm in Scotland.
A little girl gets a soaking as she gets close to the water’s edge as stormy seas battered West Bay on the coast of Dorset this afternoon
Choppy seas lashed the coast of Dorset as visitors to the iconic cliffs of West Bay in Bridport and dog walkers watch on earlier today
‘Winds will increase throughout Monday night and they will be strong to gale force in northern parts. We could see speeds of 50 to 55mph.
He continued: ‘The main reason for the warning is the timing, as strong winds will be coming through the Tuesday morning rush hour – it will be wet and windy and there will be spray on the roads.
‘Also the trees are still quite full of leaves at the moment and with those strong winds we could see a lot more leaves on the roads.’
Hurricane Gonzalo has been causing chaos over the weekend as it crushed trees and flattened power lines on the tiny Atlantic island chain of Bermuda.
A surf school prepare to enter the sea after gale force southerly winds and heavy rain lashed Broad Haven in Pembrokeshire overnight
Wind conditions made perfect sailing for these windsurfers in Pembrokeshire today but gales are set to get stronger into next week
The storm – one of the strongest ever to hit the island – tore through the nation at 110mph on Friday night and was still causing major problems this morning as it moved northward over the Atlantic.
Residents were warned not to go outside as the calm eye of the storm moved in.
Mr Partridge added that the south coast of England was feeling the effects of another hurricane overnight.
‘Last night it was three degrees warmer overnight on the south coast with temperatures reaching 17 degrees due to winds left of Hurricane Fay after it made its way across the Atlantic.’
He also said that it could start to feel colder this week as temperatures are likely to return to normal for the time of year.
A satellite image of Hurricane Gonzalo taken this morning as it moves away from Bermuda and makes its way north-eastward towards UK
The clean-up in Bermuda has begun after Hurricane Gonzalo brought down trees, damaged yachts and brought down power lines
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