Saturday, May 18, 2024

Dozens of flights cancelled as Storm Kathleen hits west of UK – N.F Times

London: Dozens of UK flights were cancelled on Saturday as Storm Kathleen brought winds of up to 70mph and triggered the warmest day of the year so far.

About 140 flights departing and arriving at UK airports were cancelled, leaving travellers stranded in Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester and Birmingham. The Met Office also issued a yellow weather warning for the north-west and south-west of England and parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Temperatures reached 20.9C in Santon Downham, Suffolk, making it provisionally the hottest day of the year, as warm air poured in from the continent.

Ellie Glaisyer of the Met Office said: “The storm is the reason we are seeing the warmer temperatures because its location – situated out towards the west of the UK – is bringing a southerly wind across the UK. Almost anywhere is going to see above-average temperatures.”

Storm Kathleen is likely to ease by Saturday evening.

However, another weather system heading towards the south-west is expected to replace it, Glaisyer added. “Outbreaks of rain through Monday will mainly affect western parts of the UK.”

In Ireland last night, about 12,000 customers were still without electricity out of 34,000 who lost their power supply during the day when Kathleen struck, while P&O Ferries cancelled sailings between Larne in Northern Ireland and Cairnryan in Scotland. Parts of Scotland experienced particularly high winds, with gusts of 98mph recorded in the Highlands.

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