Gales and heavy rain to end the week

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Met Éireann have just upgraded the yellow weather warning to a Status Orange for 13 counties, as Storm Callum is officially named.

Strong winds are expected to arrive across Northern Ireland during Thursday night, continue to spread by Friday morning.

The warnings are set to remain in place until 9 o' clock tomorrow morning for most of the country.

THE Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for much of the United Kingdom this weekend as Storm Callum threatens to strike.

Winds will be strongest overnight and early on Friday, gusting between 110kph and 130kph at coasts.

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The extreme conditions triggered two yellow - "be aware" - warnings from the Met Office after a similar alert on Tuesday caused flooding and travel disruption to roads, railways and ferries.

However, the country's heatwave will end this weekend, as Storm Callum is set to bring over month's worth of rainfall in South West England, Wales and parts of northern England by Friday.

Both Met Éireann and Midland Weather Channel have issued severe weather warnings ahead of Storm Callum's arrival in Ireland tonight.

According to the Met Office, gusts of 50 miles per hour are likely with potential for gusts of 60 miles per hour around exposed coasts and hills. "In addition, leaves and twigs, brought down by the wind, could block drains and culverts, increasing the likelihood of flooding".

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour are expected to hit the area, which combined with high tides could lead to some coastal impact due to large waves.

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"There is the also the risk of coastal flooding due to high tides and surge".

"Widespread flooding from surface water and rivers is possible across south Wales on Friday and Saturday, and is possible but not now expected elsewhere in Wales and parts of north-west England". Rain will clear to showers in Northern parts but further heavy rain is likely to spread into Southern and Eastern areas with the ongoing flooding risk.

Winds that could top 80mph are forecast to batter western Scotland on Friday followed by downpours across more of the country on Saturday.

There will be rough seas and large waves, making coastal areas unsafe.

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