THE latest storm to sweep across the north west has been given a name. 

Storm Gareth is expected to hit the town later today, Tuesday, and bring with it gusts of up to 60mph. 

The storm, named by Met Eireann, will bring strong winds to many areas, especially parts of Northern Ireland, northern England, Wales and Scotland.

The Met Office have issued yellow wind warnings for parts of the UK for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Gusts of 70-75 mph are likely along northern coasts, perhaps up to 80 mph for a time.

Winds will ease gradually through Wednesday morning.

Paul Gundersen, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said: “The strong north-westerly winds will also affect southwest Scotland late on Tuesday, spreading across much of England and Wales through Wednesday.

"Gusts of 50-55 mph are likely inland and up to 65 mph along western coasts.

"Winds will gradually ease during the afternoon.”

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In addition to the strong winds, Storm Gareth will bring some heavy rain for parts of the UK overnight Monday into Tuesday, particularly across northern England where a yellow warning for rain is in place from midnight tonight to midday tomorrow (Tuesday).

20-40 mm of rainfall is expected quite widely with 50-60 mm possible over higher ground in Cumbria.

As Storm Gareth moves away from the UK, the winds will ease and the rest of the week will remain unsettled with showers or spells of rain, and some brief drier interludes.

Although temperatures will be near average for the time of year it will often feel colder due to the strong winds.