What will Storm Ciara bring to the West Country this weekend?

After a settled week with high pressure in charge, it's all change later this weekend as an intense Atlantic weather system moves in. We'll say goodbye to frosty nights and stunning sunsets and get prepared for some heavy rain and severe gales.

At the moment a strong jet stream is flowing out of the east coast of the USA, driven by a huge contrast in temperatures between Canada and the southern states. This will pick up an area of low pressure and deepen it as it moves across the Atlantic towards the UK.

The deep depression has been named as Storm Ciara (pronounced "Keera") making it the third named storm of the season, but the first named by the Met Office.

The start of the weekend won't be all that bad however, with a bright, breezy and mostly dry day on Saturday. By the evening though winds will have picked up with rain spreading in overnight. Sunday will be very stormy with driving rain pushed on by gusts of wind around 50 to 60 mph. Around the coasts and hills some gusts could exceed 70 mph.

This is likely to bring disruption to power supplies, cause restrictions on bridges, particularly the Severn Crossing, bring some structural damage and delay travel significantly. There will also be huge and dangerous waves so coastal flooding is also possible.

Huge waves approaching Porthcurno Credit: Lisa Brown

Be prepared to change your plans this weekend, as a Met Office warning has been in place since Tuesday, offering some confidence on the expected impacts.

Met Office wind warning for Sunday

However, the fact that the warning covers the entire of the UK still means that details will be honed and tweaked over the coming days. This is one to stay tuned to, especially after a settled few days.

Once Ciara moves through the weather shows signs of staying wet and windy into next week so we're not out of the woods for some disturbed winter weather that quickly.