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STORMY conditions that brought havoc to Scotland are expected to hit the south this week, forecasters say.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for strong winds and heavy rain tonight for most of England, with the south east expected to be hit hard.

Windy weather is expected to continue into Tuesday, with the potential for ‘severe gales’ or storm-force winds across Northern Ireland and the southern half of Britain.

There could also be frequent, heavy showers, bringing the risk of surface water flooding.

Aisling Creevey, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said it was too early to tell where the winds would hit.

She said the country could expect winds of between 80mph and 100mph.

‘It is very difficult to know at this stage where exactly the storms are going to be,’ she said. ‘There’s a system coming through on Tuesday and again on Thursday – it looks as if they will be two stormy days. We could see gusts of 100mph in some places – but there is very little confidence about exactly where.’

A Met Office spokesman added: ‘Strong winds on Monday evening have the potential to cause some disruption, especially in areas exposed to the south.’