South London will become "very windy" this week as Storm Eleanor makes its way to Britain's shores.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings because of the risk of travel disruption.

Storm Eleanor, the fifth named storm of the season to hit the UK, is expected to arrive tonight (January 2) and will continue on throughout tomorrow (January 3).

Wind gusts of 80mph are expected.

Met Office chief forecaster, Paul Gundersen, said: “The unsettled theme continues throughout this week, with further spells of rain moving across the UK from the west as many return to work on Tuesday and there will again be some snow over the high ground in Scotland.

“The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday and Wednesday as developing Storm Eleanor heads towards the UK and Ireland.”

According to the Met Office, south London can expect blustery showers tonight.

Carol Holt, the Environment Agency’s flood duty manager, added: “We urge people to stay safe on the coast – take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take ‘storm selfies’.

“If you’re travelling, please check your route before setting off and don’t drive through flood water.”