As severe weather is forecast over the weekend boaters are advised to secure their mooring lines and check their boat, or ask their marina to do it

Boaters should brace themselves for severe weather and storms over the weekend and into next week, says the Met Office.

There will be heavy spells of rain and strong winds over the next couple of days, while on Sunday night and Monday morning there is a risk that a significant storm could develop, with the southern half of the UK expected to be worst hit and the potential for winds of more than 80mph, particularly along the coast.

Eddy Carroll, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “This storm doesn’t exist at the moment, but our forecasts models predict it is likely to develop in the west Atlantic on Saturday. Then it’s likely to rapidly intensify just west of the UK late on Sunday before tracking across England and Wales early on Monday.

“There is still a chance this storm may take a more southerly track and miss the UK, bringing impacts elsewhere in northern Europe, but people should be aware there is a risk of severe weather and significant disruption. With that in mind, people should keep up to date with and act on the advice in our forecasts and warnings as the situation develops.”

Meanwhile, Barry Goldman, chief operating officer for the Port of Jersey, said boatowners should check their moorings ahead of the predicted weather.