BBC Weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker warned gales could reach 70mph or more as the strongest summer gale in 30 years reaches northern Britain.
The BBC meteorologist said: “Severe gales and disruption possible across northern parts of the UK, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Northern England.
“Further south still some very strong winds, particularly in Northern Wales, the Peak District into Lincolnshire and blustery further south.
“Gusts are estimated to approach around 60mph or more through the central Lowlands of Scotland, 70mph around the coast.”
Named by Met Eireann – the Irish meteorological service – Hector will be the first substantial storm to swipe Britain this summer and the eighth since autumn.
Mr Schafernaker continued: “Not an awful lot of rain with this storm in the South – it will be just a few sprinkles early in the morning.
“But through lunchtime I think we’ll see some heavy showers moving through Scotland, carried by those vicious, powerful gusts of wind, potentially bringing down branches and trees in places.”
The Met Office issued a yellow level-1 severe weather warning spanning Scotland and the whole of northern England until mid-afternoon on June 14.
This time last year unsettled weather saw 69mph gales batter Inverbervie, in Scotland, while in 2015 similar strength gusts were recorded in northern Britain.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “A low-pressure system, named Hector by Met Eireann will bring strong winds across Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England through Wednesday night and into Thursday.
“This is fairly unusual at this time of year, and it will be the first named storm of summer.
“It will start getting windy in Northern Ireland through Wednesday evening with Scotland and northern England likely to feel the most impact through Thursday’s rush hour.
“We are looking at winds of between 55mph and 60mph with isolated gusts of 70mph.”
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