Forecasters are warning of a wet and windy end to 2017, with gusts of up to 80mph set to batter parts of the UK on New Year’s Eve.
A series of weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office – and ahead of the arrival of Storm Dylan, a yellow “be aware” warning for ice is in force across much of Scotland and northern England.
Forecasters are warning that icy stretches are likely on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths until noon on Saturday, with road closures and delays to bus and train services possible.
From 6pm on Saturday, a yellow warning for heavy rain is being issued across much of southeast Wales, southwest England and parts of central and southern England – bringing the possibility of flooded roads, homes and businesses.
The Met Office says Northern Ireland and southern Scotland will be worst hit by Storm Dylan on Sunday, with its warning adding: “Some very strong winds are possible across Northern Ireland and then southern Scotland on New Years Eve.
“There is a small chance of damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, with the potential for injuries and danger to life from flying debris. “Power cuts and other services such as mobile phone coverage may be affected.”
The wind warning covering Scotland and Northern Ireland is valid from 12.05am to 3pm on 31 December. Sky’s weather producer Joanna Robinson said: “Friday brought snow and ice issues to parts of the North, but it’s wind and rain that may bring some disruption over the weekend.
“Storm Dylan is due to move in on Saturday night, bringing potentially damaging gusts to parts of Ireland, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland. “The strongest winds will be on the southern flank of the low pressure system, with gusts up to 80mph.
“Heavy rain will be an additional concern, with local flooding likely, especially where the ground is already very wet across southwest Britain. “The unsettled theme will continue into the New Year.”