Storm Babet to hit the UK: should you be worried?

The second storm of the season is set to reach the UK this week. Here’s what you need to know.

Storm Babet UK weather where
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Storm Babet UK weather where

Storm Babet is the second named storm of the season. It is set to follow Storm Agnes, which saw the UK battered with some intense weather. Scotland was already issued with yellow weather warnings for heavy rain and high winds earlier this week, but now forecasters are talking about the arrival of a new storm: Babet.

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Babet has prompted the Met Office to issue early warnings to Brits living across the UK. But how much do we know about where it will hit and how extreme the weather will actually be? Let’s get into it.

Where Storm Babet will hit

Storm Babet will move in from the south-west on Wednesday. It is expected to move slowly, drawing out the bad weather until Saturday.This means that much of the UK will face heavy rain at times over the next few days, but the worst of it will be in Scotland.

As Scotland has already seen a lot of rain recently, the ground is very saturated with water. Flooding is a real concern in Angus and south-east Grampian - the Met Office has already issued warnings for these areas. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is also monitoring the situation and has warned about flooding in central Scotland.

Forecast accuracy

The storm is actually yet to form, so there is some uncertainty around the details of what it will look like and the impact it will have. However, computer modeling is predicting the potential for severe weather, with flooding and damage from high winds. The Met Office has named the storm and raised concerns early in the hope that communities and officials will be prepared for its arrival.

The advice is to stay updated as forecasters get a clearer picture of what we can expect. For those who live in Scotland, it’s safe to say you’ll need to get your waterproofs and Wellington boots ready.

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Sources used:

BBC: Storm Babet: What do you need to know?

The Guardian: UK weather: Storm Babet to bring heavy rain and strong winds

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