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In Pictures: Storm Freya brings snow and upheaval as it batters Britain and Ireland

This vehicle was left upended in a field as Storm Freya. Credit: Niall Carson/PA

Heavy rain and winds are expected to follow in the wake of Storm Freya later this week, forecasters have warned.

Britain was battered by gales, rain and snow as the sixth named storm of the 2018/2019 season struck Britain and Ireland on Sunday.

Large waves crash over the sea walls at Cleveleys, near Blackpool, Lancashire. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Wind speeds reached nearly 80mph, trees were felled and roads closed as the weather caused disruption.

In Cumbria, Lawson Robinson was forced to clear snow from his Nenthead miniature village.

Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA
Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA
Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA
Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

The Met Office said on Monday morning that the storm had passed into the North Sea overnight, easing winds in the east, but warned of continuing unsettled conditions.

Western and southern parts of the UK bore the brunt of Storm Freya’s strong winds, with a top speed of 76mph recorded at Mumbles Head in West Glamorgan, Wales, at 6pm on Sunday.

The highest wind speed recorded in England was 70mph at Emley Moor in Yorkshire, the Met Office said.

The snow made travelling more difficult across the north of England, with Cumbria roads being forced to be cleared.

Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA
Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA
Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA
Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Storm Freya also caused travel disruption in Ireland and left one vehicle upended in the snow.

Credit: Niall Carson/PA
Credit: Niall Carson/PA
Credit: Niall Carson/PA