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Storm Hector to hit UK with 70mph winds

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Storm Hector is expected to hit the UK on Thursday © Other Storm Hector is expected to hit the UK on Thursday

Gales and winds of up to 70mph are set to hit the UK as Storm Hector makes its way from the Atlantic.

A yellow warning has been issued across Scotland, the North of England and Northern Ireland.

People relax in sunny weather at Woolacombe, North Devon, as the hot weather continues across the UK.   (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty People relax in sunny weather at Woolacombe, North Devon, as the hot weather continues across the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images) The Met Office said: "The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards during the day.

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"Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60mph in many areas and possibly around 70mph in some exposed locations. Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.

Holiday makers enjoy sunny beach weather at Woolacombe beach, North Devon, as the hot weather continues across the UK.   (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty Holiday makers enjoy sunny beach weather at Woolacombe beach, North Devon, as the hot weather continues across the UK. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images) "In addition, a spell of heavy rain will accompany the wind with the highest rainfall totals over parts of western Scotland."

Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans added: "Over the rest of England and Wales it will just be a strong, blustery day.

"With any outdoor events planned, it may be something people are unprepared for or come as unexpected compared to the weather we have had recently."

A house in Selsey, West Sussex, feels the force of a storm on the south coast as hurricane force winds battered Britain.   (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty A house in Selsey, West Sussex, feels the force of a storm on the south coast as hurricane force winds battered Britain. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images) The yellow warning means the risk of disruption to travel and damage to buildings is low.

The wind could impact the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex's first official engagement together, as they open Cheshire's Mersey Gateway Bridge.

Gales and winds of up to 70mph are set to hit the UK as Storm Hector makes its way from the Atlantic. © Getty Gales and winds of up to 70mph are set to hit the UK as Storm Hector makes its way from the Atlantic.

Although gusts could be stronger than usual, the area does not have a weather warning in place.

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