The sunny weather that people across the UK enjoyed during the Easter Bank Holiday is about to come to an abrupt end as Storm Hannah pummels the country.
Weather forecasters have warned of gusts of up to 80mph and low temperatures “more like January” this weekend.
The low-pressure weather system, which was named by Met Eireann on Thursday, is expected to bring strong winds to Ireland and southern parts of the UK from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning.
The Irish weather service has issued a status orange advisory for Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick, warning of the weather “becoming stormy on Friday evening and overnight as Storm Hannah moves in”, bringing gusts of 110-130km/h.
The warning is due to start at 4pm on Friday and expire at 5am on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Met Office has moved to issue a yellow warning for winds in southern Wales, as well parts of the south and south-west of England, warning of gusts up to 70mph on coasts.
The warning is due to last from 9pm on Friday until 3pm on Saturday, with forecasters predicting “a risk of disruption to travel”.
It is predicted that Hannah – the fourth named storm in the UK and Ireland in 2019 after Erik, Freya and Gareth – will lead to a much cooler Saturday, in contrast to the hot and sunny bank holiday weekend.