Heavy rain and high winds coming as 'Storm Brian' set to bring double trouble

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Two lots of heavy rain are expected to arrive in Derbyshire in the next few days this week as the latest bad weather hits the UK.

A double barrage of heavy rain and high winds will blast parts of the UK as low pressure bowls in from the Atlantic.

Two areas of low pressure will arrive in quick succession between Thursday and Saturday, interspersed by a short lull of drier, brighter weather early on Friday.

And while Wales and south-west England will bear the brunt of the storm, the East Midlands can expect heavy rain and some strong winds on Thursday and Saturday.

The UK Met Office names any approaching storms that are likely to be accompanied by an official weather alert.

The latest bout of bad weather is yet to be officially christened, because there is still some uncertainty over its severity. However, if it is named it will be called Storm Brian.

Predicted path of low pressure for Friday evening

Predicted path of low pressure for Friday evening

The stormy conditions will continue through much of Saturday, but it will slowly become brighter for many during Sunday.

Forecaster Eleanor Bell, of The Weather Channel , said the first area of low pressure would bring gusty winds to Ireland, Wales and south-west England during Thursday before calming in advance of the second salvo of storms.

She added: “Current tracks show the centre of the low moving through Ireland with strong to gale force winds possible for Ireland late on Friday.

“Strongest winds and heaviest rain will likely be over Wales and south-west England overnight into Saturday.”

She added that winds could reach gale to severe gale force with gusts of 60-70mph, locally 80mph for western and southern coastal areas.