Double trouble! Storm Helene smashes Scotland and north of England with 80mph gusts… but Storm Ali threatens

Britons will face 80mph gusts and heavy rain as Storm Ali follows just hours behind Storm Helene, which swept across parts of the country today.

Remnants of Helene are set to move out, before another spell of windy weather called Ali has prompted the Met Office to issue a warning for wind across Northern Ireland, Scotland, the north of England and Wales tomorrow.

The amber alert in place for Ali tomorrow – from 6am to 10pm – warns of injuries and danger to life from flying debris. Damage to buildings, power cuts, road closures and transport cancellations are also possible.

Around 200 homes were without power this morning as engineers tackle five outages across Cornwall after Helene. Ali is first on the storm names list for 2018-19 announced by the Met Office and Met Eireann.

Parts of the UK felt gusts of 40mph this morning, with wind speeds reaching 65mph at Capel Curig in North Wales. Helene is now moving away towards the north east after also bringing 79F (26C) temperatures yesterday.

Met Office meteorologist Dean Hall said: ‘We’ve got rain currently across Scotland, northern England, eastern parts of Northern Ireland, associated with what was Storm Helene.’

Tomorrow could see winds of 60-70mph, the forecaster said, adding: ‘Certainly we could see close to 80mph, possibly even higher miles per hour in exposed areas in the far north of the country.’

The weather forecast for tomorrow is not part of Helene. Temperatures remain above average for this time of year with 75F (24C) possible in London today. Similar highs are also expected for the next two days.

Another Atlantic development looks as though it could bring a spell of heavy rain during Thursday, particularly in West Wales and North West England.

Friday then brings a calmer but cool day with a mixture of sunny spells and showers, some of which could be heavy and potentially thundery across the north of the country.

Met Office deputy meteorologist Laura Ellam said: ‘Throughout this week we are expecting to see periods of strong winds across parts of the UK, as well as some heavy rain.

‘Some very strong winds are possible in the northern half of the UK on Wednesday, then on Thursday areas further south could see a spell of persistent rain.

‘The timing and development of both these systems remains uncertain however, so please keep up to date with the warnings and forecasts.