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UK weather latest: Storm Jocelyn to shut down rail services across Scotland



Meanwhile, more than 80 flights to UK airports were forced to divert to continental airports on Monday, according to analysis from Flightradar24, the plane-tracking site.

Travellers were scattered as far afield as Germany and the south of France as airliners diverted away from Britain in search of calmer airports.

The longest diversion was a Jet2 flight between Gran Canaria and Belfast. Its pilots orbited the Northern Irish capital before setting course to Paris, where they made a safe landing away from the bad weather.

Steve Fox, head of network operations at air traffic control company Nats, said on Sunday there were more than “100 go-arounds at airports across the country and we still don’t have a total on the number of diversions”.

Go-arounds are when an airliner’s pilots abandon a landing attempt because conditions are not safe enough to try and touch down.

The Met Office said the highest recorded wind speed during Storm Isha was 99mph at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland, with gusts of 90mph at Capel Curig in Snowdonia on Sunday.

A rare red warning for wind in north-east Scotland was in place until 5am on Monday, with amber warnings covering much of the UK until 6am and further yellow warnings covering the entire country until noon.

Heavy downpours battered some places, with 28 flood warnings in place in England and 50 in Scotland.

The Met Office said Storm Isha – the ninth named storm to hit the UK since the season began in September – moved away from the UK on Monday but conditions remained windy with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers.

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