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Tail of Hurricane Ian to lash Britain: Nation braces for a battering from TODAY 

Hurricane Ian, which has wreaked havoc in Florida in the US, is pushing warm tropical air north, strengthening the Atlantic jet stream and driving an area of ​​low pressure over the UK.

Much of Britain will be hit with rain and high winds of up to 70mph today as the effects of Hurricane Ian are felt across the pond – with a 94mph wind already recorded in Scotland this morning.

The weather event, which has wreaked havoc in Florida in the US, is pushing warm tropical air north, strengthening the Atlantic jet stream and creating an area of ​​low pressure over the UK.

The heaviest rain and strongest winds are expected in northern Scotland where a yellow weather warning has been issued – in place until at least 3pm.

However, many will experience a wet and windy day on Friday, the Met Office reports, with Britons warned of rocky driving conditions due to the winds.

A 94mph gust of wind was recorded on the 4,084ft summit of Cairn Gorm in the Highlands this morning as storms swept across Scotland.

Wet weather will also continue on Saturday, but will mainly affect northern and western regions.

Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “A period of strong winds and heavy rain will push to the southeast throughout the day.

“The strongest winds are likely to be in the north of Scotland, with gusts of 65-70mph in coastal areas and possibly 75mph around the Northern Isles.

“As well as the strong winds, a band of heavy rain will affect many parts of the country, but rainfall totals are expected to build up in the west of Scotland, up to 40mm in one or two places.

Hurricane Ian, which has wreaked havoc in Florida in the US, is pushing warm tropical air north, strengthening the Atlantic jet stream and driving an area of ​​low pressure over the UK.

Hurricane Ian, which has wreaked havoc in Florida in the US, is pushing warm tropical air north, strengthening the Atlantic jet stream and driving an area of ​​low pressure over the UK.

The heaviest rain and strongest winds are expected in northern Scotland where a warning has been issued, but many will experience a wet and windy day on Friday, the Met Office reports

The heaviest rain and strongest winds are expected in northern Scotland where a warning has been issued, but many will experience a wet and windy day on Friday, the Met Office reports

Foggy and wet conditions were pictured in Oxfordshire early Friday morning

Foggy and wet conditions were pictured in Oxfordshire early Friday morning

Londoners woke up to cold, foggy weather this morning on their way to work.  Fog expected to clear later with rain forecast

Londoners woke up to cold, foggy weather this morning on their way to work. Fog expected to clear later with rain forecast

As the rain moves southeast Friday afternoon and into the evening, the winds will ease a bit, but those traveling should expect difficult driving conditions.

As the rain moves southeast Friday afternoon and into the evening, the winds will ease a bit, but those traveling should expect difficult driving conditions.

A car flashes its headlights at full beam as it drives through foggy conditions in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, on Friday morning

A car flashes its headlights at full beam as it drives through foggy conditions in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, on Friday morning

A man cycles through foggy conditions on a country road in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, early Friday morning

A man cycles through foggy conditions on a country road in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, early Friday morning

Dog walkers warm up with boots and a hat as they stroll through cold, foggy weather in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, on Friday morning

Dog walkers warm up with boots and a hat as they stroll through cold, foggy weather in Dunsden, Oxfordshire, on Friday morning

Roker, Sunderland on Friday morning

Roker, Sunderland on Friday morning

The sun rises in Roker, Sunderland on Friday morning ahead of a day of showers and strong winds expected

A sea of ​​fog descends on central London early Friday morning with showers expected later in the day

A sea of ​​fog descends on central London early Friday morning with showers expected later in the day

Joggers were undeterred by cold and misty conditions on Jesus Green in Cambridge early Friday morning

Joggers were undeterred by cold and misty conditions on Jesus Green in Cambridge early Friday morning

A woman puts on the hood of her jacket as she walks through Jesus Green on a cold and foggy Friday morning in Cambridge

A woman puts on the hood of her jacket as she walks through Jesus Green on a cold and foggy Friday morning in Cambridge

A blanket of fog hangs over the River Cam in Cambridge on Friday afternoon as the country prepares for a wet and windy day

A blanket of fog hangs over the River Cam in Cambridge on Friday afternoon as the country prepares for a wet and windy day

A golden autumn sunrise on the last day of September as temperatures dropped overnight in the fields and glens of South Herefordshire's Golden Valley

A golden autumn sunrise on the last day of September as temperatures dropped overnight in the fields and glens of South Herefordshire’s Golden Valley

“With potentially strong winds in these areas as well, we expect travel disruptions.”

As the rain moves southeast Friday afternoon and into the evening, the winds will ease a bit, but those traveling should expect difficult driving conditions.

Mr Gundersen added: “In areas outside the warning zone, weather impacts will be limited, but later today parts of south-east England could experience winds of around 50mph which could disrupt Channel ferry services’

RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “After a long period of relatively benign weather, drivers should ensure they are not caught off guard when this weather system sets in.

“Heavy rain and strong winds are quite an unpleasant combination on the roads, and we advise drivers to reduce their speed and leave a bigger gap between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.”

The night will be mostly dry with clear periods, but there will be some showers in the west, while light to brisk westerly winds will be locally strong.

Saturday could also see showers developing, although they will mainly occur in the northern and western regions, and it will be a generally bright day with flashes of sunshine and some clouds.

During this time, moderate to strong westerly winds will be locally strong.

Sunday will be mostly dry with a chance of showers in the northwest, with similar conditions forecast for Monday.

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