Met Office issues weather warning as 'Storm Brian' approaches the UK and Ireland just days after hurricane Ophelia

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Ex-Hurricane Ophelia battered the coasts of Ireland and the UK this week (Source: Getty)

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for large parts of the UK this weekend, with gale force winds expected.

A yellow warning, which encompasses London and the south east region, is in place with conditions expected to worsen from 4am on Saturday onwards. The weather is set to remain very windy all day on Saturday.

"An intense low pressure system is expected to bring a swathe of strong southwesterly winds over southern areas early on Saturday, these steadily transferring east through the morning and early afternoon, becoming westerly and eventually northwesterly later whilst also slowly easing," the Met Office said.

"Gusts exceeding 50 mph are expected widely within the warning area. These are expected to coincide with high tides, leading to locally dangerous conditions."

Although the Met Office has not yet named the storm, the next name on its list is Brian.

The weekend's extreme weather comes just days after ex-Hurricane Ophelia caused chaos and destruction in Ireland at the beginning of the week. Three people died during the stormy weather, and many schools and businesses were shut for two days in Ireland.

Meanwhile, while the weather remained mild in London, Ophelia made her presence known: the sun above the capital turned an eerie shade of red, causing the sky to take on a yellowish hue, which the Met Office blamed on the movement of the ex-hurricane.

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