WINDS of up to 80mph are forecast to batter Cornwall this weekend.

A low-pressure system that will arrive on Saturday evening has been named as Storm Ciara by the Met Office.

The system currently developing in the North Atlantic will bring strong winds and heavy rain through the end of the weekend and into the start of next week.

Wind gusts will widely reach 50-60mph across many inland areas across the UK, but the strongest gusts in exposed locations could reach 80mph.

A yellow weather warning for wind is forecast for Falmouth, starting at 6pm on Saturday and continuing until midnight on Sunday.

The peak of the storm looks likely to be on Sunday afternoon.

Strong winds are also forecast for Monday and Tuesday, although the Met Office has not yet issued weather warnings for those days.

Falmouth Packet:

Neil Armstrong is a chief forecaster with the Met Office. He said: “An extremely strong jet stream flowing from North America will be steering a succession of low-pressure systems towards the UK at least into the middle of next week. The relative predictability of this pattern has provided an early warning and has given us the certainty to be able to name this storm four days ahead.”

Storm Ciara can be expected to bring a range of disruption which may affect some power supplies and transport services across many parts of the UK.

Before Storm Ciara arrives, Thursday will see high pressure dominating, bringing largely fine conditions to most of the UK with the potential for frost and fog in some locations.

By Friday evening conditions will start to become more unsettled with spells of rain and a developing breeze.

Saturday will be a relatively dry day for much of the UK before further strengthening winds and rain arrive from the west in the evening ahead of Storm Ciara.