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Derbyshire Braces For Bad Weather as Storm Arwen Approaches

The Met Office could name the weekend's storm if it continues to gather pace

A wet and windy weekend is likely to see the Met Office naming its first storm of the season.

The low-pressure system, currently set to bring 50mph gusts, is predicted to arrive through Saturday afternoon and it currently looks potent enough to be named "Storm Arwen".

The Met Office compiles a list of alphabetised names every summer and starts naming storms from September when the autumn and winter storm season usually gets underway.

Each name is suggested by members of the public and naming storms is said to make it easier for the Met Office to communicate warnings about their impact through the media.

And if the weekend's low-pressure storm carries on gathering strength as some predict it will, it is possible it could trigger an amber or red warning - which are the requirements of a storm being named by the Met Office.

Amber warnings indicate a potential risk to life from the weather event, while red warnings suggest dangerous weather is expected.

And, with early predictions for Saturday's storm hinting at peak gust speeds of up to 70mph in some parts of the country, it is possible its impact could warrant an amber warning.

If "Storm Arwen" does make an appearance this weekend, it will round off what has become a fairly grotty week for Derbyshire, with noticeably colder temperatures, blustery winds and some long, heavy showers.

After a brighter but breezy day today, showers will creep back in for Tomorrow and Friday but they are likely to be less sustained than they were on Tuesday.

Saturday should start off fairly well, but feeling cool and with winds increasing - and the wind and rain currently look set to arrive throughout the afternoon building up to some pretty stormy conditions overnight.

The effects of this storm could linger through Sunday but there are early hints conditions may calm down through the start of next week - potentially even becoming warm and sunny as we move towards the weekend.

For the latest weather updates tune in for hourly reports or visit our weather page.

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