Storm Erik to bring strong winds to United Kingdom this weekend - CBBC Newsround

Storm Erik met éireann weather forecast

Storm Erik met éireann weather forecast

"A period of particularly strong winds will affect Northern Ireland and western Scotland on Friday, with gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour inland and occasionally 70 miles per hour along exposed coasts".

A wet and windy start to the weekend has been forecast, with Storm Erik bringing winds of 70mph to some areas and heavy rain across large parts of the UK.

Watch BBC Weather presenter Simon King's report to find out more.

A Met Office weather warning remains in place in Northern Ireland with strong winds causing travel disruption due to Storm Erik.

Forecasters have warned of a risk of spot flooding, especially on coasts and hills.

Police Scotland advised driver caution across Highland, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Perth and Kinross, Stirlingshire, and Argyll and Bute.

Met Eireann is also warning of very high seas and coastal flooding.

Met Éireann has said wind speeds are set to average between 65-80km/h in affected areas, with gusts hitting up to 130km/h, adding that there will be stormy conditions for a time in western and northern coastal counties.

The Coast Guard has asked the public to "heed the warnings and take appropriate action".

Met Éireann said: "Increasingly windy overnight, with south to southwest winds increasing strong to gale force and gusty by morning".

There will be showers, too, with more rain expected on Sunday.

Meanwhile, a wildlife rescue centre has said last year's heatwave had a detrimental effect on its hedgehogs and is now raising funds for a new air handling unit.

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