Much of the UK is to enjoy a brief respite from the wind and rain brought by Storm Brendan before a return to wintery conditions on Thursday, the Met Office has said.
A 48-hour period of disruptive weather began on Monday as Storm Brendan hit Ireland, causing thousands of homes to lose power, before bringing winds in excess of 80mph to parts of Scotland and England.
The storm grounded flights and disrupted railways and ferries. Gales in excess of 50mph on Tuesday night caused the roof of an apartment block to crash into Slough High Street in Berkshire.
A yellow warning of wind covering much of England expired at 5am on Wednesday, while a rain warning covering south-east England ceased at 9am. Sixteen flood warnings, meaning flooding is expected and immediate action required, were in place on Wednesday morning, as well as 165 less serious flood alerts.
Alex Deakin, from the Met Office, said the weather would largely be “bright and breezy” for the rest of Wednesday, with some showers, but nothing like the weather that had been seen over the past few days.
He said that after the departure of Storm Brendan another weather system would see the return of wet and windy weather on Thursday.
“It’s still breezy out there, but not as windy as recent days. Temperatures [are] mostly in single figures,” he said.
The bulk of England and Wales was expected to have a dry night on Wednesday before a day of increasing winds and rain on Thursday.
“Much of eastern England and large parts of the Midlands, for most of Thursday, will be dry. But the rain, when it comes into the west, will be heavy,” he said.
A gust of 78mph was recorded on the Isle of Wight on Tuesday, while the village of Libanus in the Brecon Beacons national park in Wales had 42mm of rainfall in 24 hours, according to the Met Office.