Storm Jocelyn named as Greater Manchester to be hit by more wind - Met Office forecast as warning updated

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Storm Jocelyn will become the third named storm to hit Manchester in the last three weeks when it arrives on January 23. It comes following a spell of widespread disruption caused by Storm Isha hit the region. 

Jocelyn has been named by the Irish meteorological service, and is set to bring more strong winds and rain. Heavy rain is on the cards for most of Tuesday, and the Met Office has updated its yellow warnings for wind.

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The warning for Greater Manchester will now be in place noon on January 23 and remain until 3pm on January 24. During this time, the Met Office has warned that there may be disruption to roads, public transport and delays for high-sided vehicles on bridges.

Wind gusts could reach up to 70mph across some areas of the country. More disruption is expected until the storm moves away towards the middle of the week. 

Today (Tuesday January 23) is set to be wet and windy from the off, with gusts of 30mph heading towards the start of the next weather warning at 4pm. During Tuesday evening, when Storm Jocelyn will have arrived, gusts have been forecasted to reach over 40mph. 

Wednesday is much of the same, with strong winds peaking at 40mph. There should be less rain around, with the strong winds potentially allowing some sunshine to get through. 

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Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Willington, said: “Although this system will be a step down relative to Storm Isha, with the damage and clean up still underway, we could potentially see more impacts from Storm Jocelyn.

“Outbreaks of heavy rain on Tuesday could bring rainfall accumulations of 15 to 20 mm quite widely with 40 to 50 mm over higher ground in southwest Scotland, the Scottish Highlands and parts of northwest England. Wind gusts are expected to reach 55 to 65 mph across northwestern Scotland while there is potential for winds to gust to 75 to 80 mph in a few places, in particular exposed parts of the Western Isles and coastal northwest Scotland early on Wednesday morning.”

Met Office forecast for January 23 to 27

January 23

Quickly turning wet and windy in association with Storm Jocelyn, with the most persistent and heaviest rain across the Cumbrian Fells and Lancashire. Remaining very mild. Maximum temperature 12C.

Cloud and rain gradually clearing eastwards overnight to leave some clear spells by dawn and showers, though staying very windy and mild. Minimum temperature 6C.

January 24

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A drier and brighter day with sunny spells. Still windy, especially over the hills, but these easing later in the evening. Rather mild for the time of year. Maximum temperature 11C.

Turning cloudier and windier again on Thursday with showery rain, then drier with sunny spells on Friday. Often cloudy on Saturday with some patchy rain possible. Staying relatively mild.