STORM Hannah is predicted to batter the UK with 75mph winds and heavy rain today but the worst is yet to come.
Forecasters named the latest weather front yesterday morning as warnings for severe winds were issued for the coming days.
A yellow warning is in place for severe downpours and gales to hit the South West and west Wales in particular.
And a giant wave rarely seen off the Cornish coast known as the Bone Crusher is also set to swing into action.
Frank Saunders, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "A low-pressure system will sweep in from the west during Friday evening and Saturday bringing strong north-westerly winds to Ireland and then parts of the UK."
Delays to travel by road, rail, air and ferry are also "likely", with bus and train services also affected.
Mr Saunders added: "We have issued a yellow wind warning for parts of the UK where we’re likely to see inland gusts of 45-55mph and stronger gusts of around 65-75mph in exposed coastal locations.
"Trees are coming into full leaf and many people will be on holiday, so the impacts of a late-April storm may differ subtly from one in mid-winter."
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RNLI coastguards have called on daredevil surfers to avoid the world-famous Cornish Cribbar as Storm Hannah approaches this weekend.
The legendary Cribbar – grimly nicknamed the Bone Crusher and the Widow Maker because it is so dangerous – is an immense roller which can reach a terrifying 26ft in height.
Rivalling anything on on the planet, the enormous wave, arriving once every eighteen months, draws surfers to Newquay from across the globe, keen to pit their bravery and skill against its towering force.
It reaches a peak when Atlantic ocean surges coincide with high spring tides to strike the North Cornwall resort's famous surfing beaches.
Forecast weather conditions mean it's due this weekend for the first time in eighteen months…exactly when Storm Hannah is set to hit Britain.
RNLI and coastguard teams are pleading with surfers to steer clear because lives could be lost.
But their appeals are set to fall on deaf ears, for 'riding' the Cribbar is the ultimate high for surfers and many will want to defy Storm Hannah and give it a go.
Hannah is racing in from the Atlantic and is likely to make the Cribbar even bigger than usual – making it even more exciting for surfers.
WET AND WINDY
Scotland is likely to see some of the worst of the gales, with up to 60mph forecast in parts.
A band of cloud and rain moving east could also lead to "heavy thundery showers".
Strong winds are expected to hit Ireland over the weekend, with the Met Office's equivalent in Ireland, Met Eireann, choosing to name the weather system Storm Hannah.
By Saturday, Britain will continue to see spells of rain and gales, especially in the south.
One graphic by Ventusky predicts wind speeds reaching 71mph at the outer western edges of Wales and southwestern England.
Sunday is currently set for brighter skies, though showers are "still possible", and will be followed by further rain driving in on Monday.
Those competing in and cheering on the London Marathon on Sunday are expected to escape the worst of the weather.
Brighter conditions are forecast before rain returns on Monday.
The stormy spell follows a weekend of scorching sunshine, with England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each enjoying their warmest Easter Monday on record.
England smashed its previous record of 24C in 2011 as the mercury rose to 25C – 9C hotter than Majorca.
Scotland climbed to 23.6C – while in Wales it was 23.5C and Northern Ireland saw temperatures reach 21.4C.
The previous record for England was 24C (75.2F) in Hampshire in 2011.
Tourism chiefs toasted a £3.5billion jackpot as Easter's biggest-ever staycation weekend saw up to 14 million Brits holidaying in the UK.
The heatwave saw up to 7m more last-minute trippers join the 7.4m who had already planned trips, with up to £3.5billion set to be spent, VisitEngland data showed.
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