The UK is preparing for its first season storm, Arwen. The UK Met Office has issued a red weather code for high winds in parts of the country. The weather service often does not issue the highest warning.
The warning is in effect from Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. Saturday night. The strongest gusts of wind, up to 80 miles per hour, occur in northeastern England and the east coast of Scotland. There are fears of damage to coastal areas from high waves. The Met Office warns people not to get out of the house.
Code Orange was released Saturday morning in a larger area, due to expected winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour. This warning also applies to southwest England and west Wales. Code yellow applies to the rest of the country.
Arwen also affects the weather in the Netherlands. ‘We are already on the quiet east side of the depression, but around it there are rains that reach us with an arc,’ says Matisse van der Linden of Wierplaza. It will bring rain mainly this afternoon and tonight, and it may also bring some wet snow the following night and Saturday. “It’s cold in the air and the precipitation consists of snow, but the bottom layer is still above zero. Once the shower is a little more intense, it can turn a little white. The chance on the coast is small due to the relatively high sea water temperature. However , indoors, for example in Veloy, the opportunity is greater.”
We do not have to take into account the gusts of high winds as in the UK in the Netherlands the weather continues. “Irwin’s remains will cause increased winds in the coastal area on Saturday, but it is likely that there will not be a strong wind field.”
The storm that is now moving south along the east coast of the UK is also called Arwen here. ‘We’re in the same group as the British,’ explains van der Linden. The Met Office Weather Service, along with Irish Met Éireann and KNMI, have compiled a list of storm names for the 2021-2022 season. The first storm to have a name was given by the Netherlands as Cory, in reference to the first KNMI meteorologist Cory van Dyck in 1964.
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