Storm Brendan is expected to batter Britain tomorrow evening with strong gales of up to 80mph, bringing widespread travel disruption.
The Met Office is warning that coastal routes and communities could be particularly affected by the storm as large waves batter seafronts.
Yellow weather warnings are in place for Northern Ireland, much of the western half of the UK and the north east of Scotland from 12pm on Monday to midnight.
Frank Saunders, of the Met Office, said the UK and Ireland will turn increasingly windy throughout Monday as the storm, named by Irish forecaster Met Eireann, sweeps in.
He said: ‘It’s going to be windy across the western half of the UK, with gusts reaching 60-70mph along Irish Sea coastlines, the west of Scotland and perhaps some English Channel coasts – maybe even 80mph in a few exposed places.’
A Met Office spokesperson told Metro.co.uk that although it would be a dry start for much of the country tomorrow to begin with, conditions will quickly change as strong winds begin to push across Northern Ireland and towards the rest of the country.
He said: ‘We’re looking at severe gales, across the western coast in particular’.
Winds of 70mph are expected to occur across the west coast and 80mph in the north west.
The spokesperson added: ‘We expect it to be a little quieter on Wednesday, though there could be another spell of wet and windy weather on Thursday’.
The severe conditions could cause travel disruption, and those in affected areas have been advised to take extra care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges or high open roads.
On Saturday, strong winds and heavy rain battered parts of Scotland, causing road closures and rail disruption.
The main A1 road from the English border up to the Edinburgh area was closed to high-sided vehicles for several hours.