Strong winds and heavy rain are set to batter the UK this week as Storm Agnes sweeps across the country.

Agnes, the first named storm of the season, will affect western regions of the UK and Ireland on Wednesday with the strongest winds expected on the Irish Sea coasts.

Gusts of up to 80mph are possible in some places with inland areas forecast to see gusts of 50mph to 60mph.

Yellow weather warnings for rain have been issued for parts of Scotland between 9pm on Wednesday and 6am on Thursday, while a yellow warning for wind covers much of the UK expect the South East between noon on Wednesday and 7am on Thursday.

There is currently no weather warning in place for Norfolk but the Met Office has said this could change. 

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How will Storm Agnes affect Norfolk?

Norwich will see winds hit 40mph from 8pm on Wednesday and peak at midnight going into Thursday.

In Cromer, winds will also speed up from 8pm and will hit 47mph at midnight.

People in Thetford and Diss can expect midnight gusts of 43mph and those in King's Lynn will be hit by 46mph winds.

Winds will reach 40mph between 9pm and 11pm in Great Yarmouth and will hit 45mph at midnight in North Walsham.

For most of the county, a 40pc to 50pc chance of rain has been forecast for Wednesday night. 

On Thursday, there may be drizzly spells in some areas and by Friday conditions should be dry with plenty of sunny spells.

Stephen Dixon, a Met Office spokesman, said: “There’s still some uncertainty on the exact track and positioning, and the strength of Storm Agnes as it moves in from the west.

"Stay up to date with the latest warnings because they’re fairly likely to be amended.”