Storm Evert could hit Cheshire this weekend

The UK’s first named storm of the summer season is set to hit part of England and Wales tonight as it crawls towards Cheshire across the weekend.

Storm Evert is expected to bring “unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain” to areas in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly tonight (Thursday, July 29), according to the Met Office.

The wild weather will then be expected to crawl further inland into part of North Wales and the Midlands, before hitting Cheshire late on Friday.

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Evert is the fourth named summer storm in the UK since they began naming them in 2015, and follows the likes of Francis and Ellen in 2020.

It will also be the first named storm since February this year when Storm Darcy caused havoc at the start of the month.

Yellow and amber warnings are currently in place for parts of Cornwall, as they prepare for severe gales and high winds of up to 75mph battering the coastlines.

Some thunderstorms could continue across the Midlands and northern England throughout the weekend as the summer weather continues to take a turn for the worse.

The news of Storm Evert comes the same day as the Government announces more than £860 million of funding is being put towards flood prevention schemes nationwide in the next year.

Drivers have been warned to take extra precaution as the weather poses a significant risk to traffic and travel infrastructure.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: “The arrival of a summer storm to the South West could take drivers – and indeed all holidaymakers in the region – by surprise.

“The sheer strength of the wind coupled with huge volumes of traffic will make driving conditions hazardous, particularly for those towing caravans and trailers.

“We strongly recommend drivers check over their vehicles before setting out – ensuring roofboxes are firmly secured and try to avoid exposed coastal and moorland routes where the impacts of the wind on driving will be the greatest.

“Drivers should reduce their speeds accordingly to help ensure they complete their journeys safely.”

Cheshire Live – Cheshire