STORM Ciara will batter Britain "with a bang" this weekend as gale force winds of up to 80mph hit.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for the length and breadth of the country, naming the upcoming storm Ciara.
And the strong winds, expected to start from 6pm on Saturday, could cause power cuts and even damage to buildings.
Meanwhile, bridges could close while coastal communities will be hit by large waves and spray as the winds howl across the country.
The weather system is currently developing in the North Atlantic before bearing down on the UK, bringing the 80mph gusts.
Neil Armstrong, a Chief Meteorologist with the Met Office, warned: "An extremely strong jet stream flowing from North America will be steering a succession of low-pressure systems towards the UK at least into the middle of next week."
Met Office forecaster Luke Myall added: "It's going to to be quite a shock to the system – especially because the next few days appear to be quite settled.
"The winds will arrive on Saturday with a bang."
Forecasters predict chilling winds and heavy rain for Saturday and Sunday that could last well into next week and travel chaos is also expected.
Storm Ciara is the third named storm of the season, which started in September.
Meanwhile, today will see mostly fine conditions with the potential for frost and fog.
It won't be until tomorrow that the bad weather will start to develop.
By the evening, conditions will start to become more unsettled with spells of rain and a developing breeze
Steve Ramsdale, Met Office's chief meteorologist, said: "High pressure will build across the UK on Wednesday with much lighter winds and settled weather forecast for most for the rest of the working week.
“With clear spells overnight, we'll also see frosts developing quite widely along with patchy fog or freezing fog.
“A gradual change to more unsettled conditions is then expected from the west through Friday, heralding an increasingly wet and windy spell of weather over the weekend.”
Meanwhile, Brian Gaze of the Weather Outlook predicted how February would be dominated by a cold chill, with many nights experiencing frosty -5C conditions.
He commented: “February is more famous for snow than storms – but computer models show an Atlantic barrage is on the way this month.
“Stormy conditions are possible at the start and end of the week, and again in the following week, with no sign of widespread snow.”
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