The first named summer storm of the year will hit the UK tonight.
It is set to bring “unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain to southern parts of the UK later today and into Friday”, the Met Office said.
With severe gales and winds of up to 75mph likely, the Met Office has issued an amber “be prepared” wind warning for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly from 9pm tonight to 7am Friday.
Named by forecasters as Storm Evert – it is the fourth named summer storm, following in the footsteps of Francis and Ellen in 2020, and Hector in 2018.
“Severe gales are likely for parts of the Cornish coastline, as well as the Isles of Scilly where the Met Office have issued an amber ‘be prepared’ wind warning. There will also be strong to gale force winds likely across many southern and south-western coasts of England and Wales.
“Tomorrow will still be very windy for many southern and western parts of the UK, and there will be spells of rain or showers, locally heavy, moving eastwards over most of England and Wales.
“Some thunderstorms are likely for parts of the Midlands, East Anglia and northern England.
“Eventually storm Evert will clear away to the east, allowing for calmer conditions later in the day as winds will ease from the west.”