Sunderland set for windy weather over weekend with Storm Erik expected to hit UK

Sunderland is set for windy weather this weekend.
Sunderland is set for windy weather this weekend.

Sunderland looks set to be hit by windy weather over the weekend.

According to the Met Office, a yellow weather warning is in place for between 12.15am and 3pm on Saturday.

However today is expected to be cloudy but sunny through most of the afternoon.

There will be highs of 10 °C and lows of 4 °C.

The warning comes as Storm Erik is set to bring strong gusts and heavy rain to the UK, as the weekend gets off to a wet and windy start.

Exposed coasts of Northern Ireland could see gales of 70mph on Friday morning while heavy rain could lead to flooding in Scotland, the Met Office said.

The stormy weather will result in some "quite nasty travelling conditions", meteorologist Sarah Kent warned.

The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for Friday for strong winds across Northern Ireland and western Scotland until the evening, and for heavy rain in Scotland right through until Saturday afternoon.

Elsewhere, the Welsh and Cornish coasts could see winds of 55mph, while along the coast of southern England gusts could reach 50mph, Ms Kent said.

She added: "It's going to be a noticeably windy day everywhere today.

"And that is going to be in association with outbreaks of heavy rain too, so there will be some quite nasty travelling conditions out there this morning."

While there is expected to be a lull in the fiercest winds on Friday evening, gusts will pick up again around midnight, when a warning for wind will cover Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and much of Northern England.

Winds are expected to ease off by Sunday.