The UK is gearing up for the first storm of the season, Arwen. The UK Met Office has issued Weather Code Red for very strong winds in some parts of the country. It is not often that the meteorological department issues the highest warnings.
The warning is in effect from 3 p.m. Friday through 2 p.m. Saturday. The strongest gusts of wind up to 80 mph occur in the north-east of England and the east coast of Scotland. There is a possibility of damage to the coastal areas due to high waves. The Meteorological Department has warned people not to go out.
In view of the possibility of wind speed up to 120 kmph, code orange has been issued for Saturday morning in large areas. This warning also applies to the south-west of England and the west of Wales. The yellow code applies to the rest of the country.
The Arwen also affects the weather in the Netherlands. ‘We are indeed in the calm eastern side of the depression, but there are showers around it that reach us with a bow’, says Matthijs van der Linden of the Weerplaza. Showers will bring mainly rain this afternoon and tonight, and may also bring some wet snow next night and Saturday. “The air is cold and there is snow in the rain, but the bottom layer is still above zero. As the showers get a little more intense, it can become a little whiter. Due to the relatively high temperature of the seawater on the coast The chances are low. However, in the interior, for example in Veluwe, the chance is high.”
We don’t have to take into account heavy wind gusts in the Netherlands like the United Kingdom, the weatherman continues. “Arwen’s remnants will cause increased wind over the coastal area on Saturday, but a strong wind area will probably not be forthcoming.”
The storm that is now moving south along the east coast of the United Kingdom is also called Arwen. ‘We are in the same group as the British’, explains van der Linden. The Met Office, in collaboration with the Irish Met ireann and KNMI, compiled a list of storm names for the 2021–2022 season. The first hurricane with a name introduced by the Netherlands is Corrie, a reference to Cori van Dijk, the first female KNMI meteorologist in 1964.
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