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UK Weather: Storm Antoni Brings Danger of Falling Trees, Riptides, and Power Cuts

The UK is bracing itself as Storm Antoni, the first named storm of the year, lashes the country with heavy rain and strong winds. Forecasters have issued a danger-to-life warning as gusts of up to 60mph are expected in the worst-affected areas.

The Met Office has placed amber warnings for wind in southwest Wales and southwest England, valid until 7 pm, and a wider yellow warning for wind across southern parts of the UK, lasting until 8 pm. Additionally, a yellow thunderstorm warning has been issued for south-east England and East Anglia, valid until 10 pm.

The storm brings the risk of falling trees, riptides, and power cuts, with flying debris being a possibility. As the storm moves from west to east, some roads and bridges may need to be closed due to the disruptive conditions it brings.

Senior operational meteorologist Rachel Ayers from the Met Office explained that the current conditions could be attributed to the jet stream, a fast-flowing current of air, bringing in a low-pressure system across the UK. She further added that the northern, cooler side of the jet stream is responsible for keeping more settled weather further south.

While the immediate forecast is filled with downpours, clouds, and cold conditions, the coming week holds a glimmer of hope for better weather. Meteorologists predict that the following week could be warmer and more settled than the past month.

Northern Ireland is expected to receive some of the highest rainfall totals, with 40 to 60mm falling in some areas, and 20 to 30mm more widely in other parts. The persistent low pressure follows a notably wet July, ranking as the sixth-wettest in history.

Outdoor events across the UK have been impacted by the storm, with some events being cancelled. The Stompin’ on the Quomps jazz festival in Dorset, for example, has been postponed for the first time in its 30-year history due to safety concerns for traders and spectators. However, despite a yellow weather warning for the coastal city, Brighton Pride is still set to proceed. Attendees have donned ponchos and braved the heavy rain and winds to celebrate the festival.

Storm Antoni marks the second storm to hit the UK in five days. While temperatures may reach the mid-teens, the strong winds will make it feel much cooler. The winds are expected to ease as the afternoon progresses, with rain clearing from eastern areas early on Sunday, giving way to a quieter day with sunshine and showers for most.

Falling trees, riptides and power cuts will pose risks as Storm Antoni lashes the UK with heavy rain and strong winds, the Met Office says.

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