A STORM named Francis by forecasters is to bring unseasonable strong winds and heavy rain.

The Met Office said that from tonight (Monday, August 24) there would be wind gusts of 60mph and potentially 70mph in exposed western locations.

A yellow wind warning is in force for the whole of Wales and most of England until midday on Wednesday.

A yellow warning for heavy rain also covers North Wales.

Very strong winds are expected that could cause disruption to travel and power supplies along with potential damage to trees.

Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August and they will be accompanied by some heavy rain in places that could have an impact on outdoor activities.

The rain is expected to be heaviest in Northern Ireland and south west Scotland where 60-90 mm in total could fall as the storm moves from west to east.

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said “The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday. There will be strong winds and heavy rain, especially in the west of the UK. A number of severe weather warnings have been issued and these warnings can be updated regularly so please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast.”

Storm Francis will clear to the East of the UK by Wednesday lunchtime, leaving a brighter and more settled outlook for the remainder of the day. After a showery day on Friday the Bank Holiday weekend should bring sunshine to most parts for a time with scattered showers before further unsettled weather is expected to move in from Tuesday next week.