A WEATHER warning for damaging winds from Storm Dennis has been extended with the severe conditions now set to batter Sussex for at least two days.

On Tuesday, the Met Office issued an amber alert as a second major weather system in a week barrels towards Britain, arriving on Saturday.

This yellow-level warning has today been extended to cover a 38-hour period and now includes the majority of Sunday too with the storm set to persist throughout the weekend and potentially into Monday.

Wind gusts will widely exceed 50mph, even across some inland areas, with gusts of over 60mph possible over hills, coastal areas and exposed locations.

The storm is expected to arrive on Saturday morning, with rainfall continuing through most of the day as well as overnight and for much of Sunday.

This will be accompanied by “very strong winds” with disruption “likely” at times.

While these winds have the potential to cause problems, the Met Office says they may not quite as strong as the gusts we saw last weekend with Storm Ciara.

As the ground is already saturated, there is a risk of flooding in places over the weekend too.

Storm Dennis is expected to bring a range of impacts, including delays and cancellations to transport services, damage to power supplies and large coastal waves.

As with Ciara, there is also a chance of damage to buildings and a potential for trees to be uprooted.

Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Another spell of very wet and windy ​weather is expected for Saturday.

“Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely. Our confidence in the forecast means we have been able to issue severe weather warnings well in advance, giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.”

Before the storm’s arrival, the remainder of the week will stay unsettled though wind speeds will drop for a time after staying strong throughout Monday and Tuesday.

The rest of Wednesday is forecast to be fairly bright with a risk of some blustery, wintery showers. Though winds will continue to drop, it’ll still feel very cold with highs of 6C and ‘feel like’ temperatures hovering around the freezing point.

Tonight will start off with lows of around 1C before the arrival of heavy rain showers in the early hours raises the mercury to 4 or 5C making for a wet and blustery start to Thursday.

The rain will largely clear leaving a cold and mostly cloudy day with some further showers possible and some strong gusts at times.