Strong winds accompanied by heavy and blustery showers are anticipated in Scotland from Tuesday and across England and Wales from Wednesday night.
A yellow weather condition warning for wind has actually been provided by the Met Workplace, which anticipates the strong winds to trigger travel hold-ups and short-term power cuts throughout the UK.
The Met warning for England and Wales remains in place from 9pm on Wednesday to 3pm the following afternoon. Forecasters are forecasting gusts as high as 50-55mph inland, with wind speeds possibly rising to 60-70mph on coasts and hills, particularly in Wales and the west of England.
The bad weather condition is anticipated to begin in the north-west of Scotland on Tuesday, with a yellow wind warning provided for the Highlands and Eilean Siar from 5pm to 11pm.
Forecasters say the high winds are triggered by a succession of low pressure systems moving in from the Atlantic.
Met Office chief meteorologist, Andy Page, said: “After the current settled spell the weather condition will turn more unsettled today with strong winds and rain. Yellow weather warnings for wind are in force. The second of 2 locations of low pressure is most likely to bring the most extensive strong winds, with gusts of 55mph widely across England and Wales later on Wednesday and Thursday, with gusts approximately 70mph in exposed western locations.”
While strong overnight winds are expected to gradually relieve on Thursday afternoon, people ought to expect hold-ups to roadway, rail, air and ferry transport on Wednesday night. In addition, some interruption is “likely” across bus and train services, with some journeys anticipated to take longer.
People are also being advised of an increased danger of short-term losses of power and other services.
Expecting later in the week, the Met projections that as the winds ease, “the rain will turn more showery with spells of sunshine. Blustery showers will continue through the weekend with the driest conditions in the east. There are early indications that the weather will settle once again by the middle of next week with the possibility of high pressure when again becoming dominant”.