The Met Office says it has confidence in the storm warnings issued for most parts of the UK ahead of Storm Dennis, the fourth named storm of the season.

In a statement issued on Tuesday (11 February) they said: “Storm Dennis will bring heavy rain and widespread strong winds to many parts of the UK on Saturday and Sunday, though the impacts are not expected to be as extreme as Storm Ciara last weekend.

The system will develop in the North Atlantic before tracking eastwards towards the UK and Ireland over the coming days, passing to the north of Scotland on Saturday.”

Paul Gundersen, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely. Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.”

A yellow warning of wind is in place across Scotland, including the Western Isles, from 12 noon on Sunday to 12 noon on Monday.