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Weather maps show where Storm Betty will hit with week’s worth of rain and wind

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Weather maps have shown where in the incoming Storm Betty will hit, bringing with it a week's worth of rain and 70mph winds.

One chart, showing the expected rainfall across the country, depicts a bleak picture across the north of England, with areas north of Manchester expecting in the region of 5mm of rain per hour when the storm peaks this evening (Friday, August 18).

Winds are expected to reach up to 60mph-70mph (97km-113km) in the south-western coasts of England and Wales – the strongest in the country.

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The northern tip of Northern Ireland along with the entire North West of England will be hit the worst earlier in the evening, while areas such as Birmingham, Newcastle, and Edinburgh begin to experience some rainfall.

The maps suggest that southern England and the Highlands in Scotland will stay dry earlier on.

But the South and East of England won’t stay dry for long – another grim weather chart for a few hours later suggests heavy downpours in the night.

A thunderstorm warning is planned for the East Midlands, east and south-east of England and London, which will come into effect at 8pm on Friday and last until 5am tomorrow (Saturday, August 19).

Large hail can also be expected, particularly in East Anglia, Kent and East Sussex.

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A Met Office yellow warning for wind covers coastal areas of western Wales, eastern Northern Ireland and parts of northwest England and southwest Scotland.

Rain warnings have also been issued from late Friday and into Saturday for Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Jason Kelly said: “Friday and Saturday will see unseasonably wet and windy conditions for much of the UK. While Storm Betty will have higher impacts in Ireland, exposed Irish Sea coasts of the UK could see gusts in excess of 70mph, with around 50mph more widely.

“Storm Betty is also bringing some large accumulations of rainfall for the time of year, with some spots of Northern Ireland seeing around 80mm of rain, though between 15-25mm is expected more widely. Parts of Scotland could see similarly high accumulations, especially over higher ground.”

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