Bad weather to continue- forecaster

Forecasters have predicted more strong winds and rain for this week following a stormy weekend which left one woman dead.

Downpours and winds reaching more than 100mph in areas of the UK toppled trees and cut power lines over the weekend. In Co Down a woman in her 30s was killed when a falling tree struck her car on Saturday.

Forecasters have predicted that more blustery conditions are on the way as low pressure moved in from the West.

Rob Hutchinson, a forecaster from MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said rain was expected to turn to sleet and snow in some places.

Mr Hutchinson said: "This week will be very unsettled and the wind will make it feel quite cold."

The bad weather is due to a a powerful jet stream coming in from the Atlantic which is causing low pressure to develop, Mr Hutchinson said.

Parts of western Scotland and north west Ireland have seen some of the strongest winds. Mr Hutchinson said Scotland had seen some snow and predicted around 10cm could fall on high ground.

He said: "This band of rain could turn to snow or sleet in areas above 100 metres. In Scotland it is already snowing and there could be up to 10cm in the hills later."

With more high winds predicted for the end of the week, the worst weather is expected to be from Wednesday night to Thursday morning.

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