Storm Dennis will be bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the area this weekend.

Earlier this week, the Met Office issued a yellow warning for wind on Saturday. Now, that warning has been extended to Sunday.

The fourth named storm in the UK comes just a week after Storm Ciara caused havoc across the country - although it is not expected to be as severe as Ciara.

It is expected to bring wind gusts of 50mph. Around the coasts, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely.

The Met Office’s weather warning reads: "Strong winds in association with Storm Dennis are expected on Saturday and Sunday across many parts of England and Wales. The strongest winds are likely to be on Saturday afternoon and evening, with a lull for a time overnight, before increasing again during early Sunday.

"Gusts of 50 mph are expected inland. Around the coasts, especially in the west and south, gusts of 60-70 mph are likely. The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy rain at times, leading to particularly poor driving conditions."

The warnings for the east region are for in place for 10am on Saturday to 12pm on Sunday.

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The weather warnings for the UK on Saturday. Photo: Met Office

There are multiple weather warnings across the UK. Other regions, such as Cardiff and Manchester, have been issued amber warnings.

Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Another spell of very wet and windy weather is expected for Saturday. Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely.

“Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.”

He encouraged the public to keep up-to-date with the forecast through the Met Office website, app and social media.

The weather service has warned people to expect delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport services, in addition to delays for high-sided vehicles.

Short term loss of power, and coastal regions being affected by spray and large wave, are also anticipated.

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Photo: Network Rail

Network Rail has urged people who live near the railway are urged to clear away garden furniture and trampolines, which will help to prevent items blowing onto the railway.

Wind can also cause damage to overhead line equipment, which is used to power trains. To prevent such damage electric trains run slower during very high winds.

Paul Rutter, Route Director for Network Rail’s East Coast Route, said: “I would like to reassure passengers in Hertfordshire that we will have extra teams on hand this weekend to keep services moving.

“We are working closely with train operators to minimise any impact which Storm Dennis has as it has the potential to bring some localised flooding and disruption to services.

“We strongly advise passengers to allow plenty of time for their journeys, as they may take longer than usual. People should also check via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator before travelling.”

The average temperature for Saturday is 11°C, and Sunday will see a drop in temperatures to 7°C.

Bookmakers at Coral have the odds on February 2020 being the wettest February since records began.

Harry Aitkenhead, PR Executive at Coral, said: “The levels of rain that we have already had make February very likely to be the wettest ever and the forecast means we have no choice but to make it firmly odds that this month enters the record books.”