Met Office issues yellow weather warning for wind as Britain to be battered by gales of up to 70mph, causing travel chaos
- South of England and Wales to be hit by strong winds from tomorrow evening
- Met Office have warned of travel disruption with up to 70mph gusts on the coast
Britons are set to be hit by up to 70mph gales as the Met Office this evening issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds which could cause travel chaos.
The forecaster issued the weather warning as gusts of between 50-60mph are expected to batter the south of England and Wales from tomorrow evening.
The warning covers the south coast of England stretching from Hastings to Cornwall with the highest wind speeds of up to 70mph possible along the south coast.
Heavy winds are also expected to hit the south of Wales stretching from Barry to St David’s.
The Met office said residents of Cornwall and Devon may see the worst weather and people should keep an eye on the forecast.
Met Office map showing the heavy winds which will be 50-60mph on Thursday and Friday on the south coast, with peaks of over 70mph
The forecaster issued the weather warning as gusts of between 50-60mph are expected to batter the south of England and Wales from tomorrow evening.. Pictured: Waves crash over the harbour wall in Newhaven, southern England in March 2021
The warning covers the south coast of England stretching from Hastings to Cornwall with the highest wind speeds of up to 70mph possible along the south coast. Pictured: People trekking through the heavy wind and rain in Weston-Super-Mare
A spokesman said: ‘We are expecting a spell of very unsettled winds on Thursday and Friday as an area of low pressure moves in from northern France.
‘There are chances of winds of up to 70mph on exposed coasts and on high ground.
‘There may be isolated power cuts and there may be a few trees coming down as well.’
The strong winds could mean possible travel disruption, particularly for high-sided vehicles. Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are also likely.
The Met Office warned coastal areas are likely to see gusts of 50 to 60mph but in some areas they could be as fast as 70mph. They said these speeds are most likely to be seen on the Cornish and Devon coasts as well as in hilltop areas.
It’s possible the highest winds could be seen at The Needles on the Isle of Wight.
The warning is in place from 9pm on Thursday night and conditions are not expected to improve until midday on Friday.
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said there will be ‘an intensification of a jet stream that is going to track across the Atlantic over the next 48 hours’.
‘That is likely to develop and intensify an area of low pressure that it will shift on this track just to the south of the country and head into northern France.’
On the web page for its yellow weather warning, the Met Office said: ‘A deep area of low pressure is expected to move eastwards across southern Britain during Thursday evening and Friday morning, bringing spells of strong southerly winds, then a lull, followed by strong west or northwesterly winds.
‘There is uncertainty over the track and depth of the low and this affects how strong the wind will be. It is likely that coastal areas will see 50-60 mph gusts, with a low probability of 70 mph over exposed hills and headlands with winds probably peaking after they veer west or northwesterly.
‘This could lead to some disruption in places. Along with the strong winds, we will also see heavy rain overnight clearing as the low progresses eastwards.’
TOMORROW: The Met Office has issued issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds which are expected to batter the south of England and Wales from tomorrow evening
The Met Office warned coastal areas are likely to see gusts of 50 to 60mph but in some areas they could be as fast as 70mph. Pictured: Large waves caused by stormy winds at Porthleven, Cornwall (file photo)
The forecaster said that the windy weather in the south of England and Wales may cause delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport. Some bus and train routes are also likely to be affected by the weather, with some journeys having to take longer.
The Met Office also say to expect delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges.
Their weather forecast for tomorrow says that rain will clear tonight from all but the Northern Isles, with clear spells and a few showers following mainly in the west. Overall it will be mild and rather windy.
On Thursday, rain will slowly clear from the far northeast and elsewhere there will be a mixture of sunshine and showers, which may be heavy in some areas.
Later on Thursday, cloud, rain and strong winds are forecast to develop in the far southwest of Britain.
And from the weather is forecast to become wet and very windy in the south overnight into Friday. It will be very rainy across the country on Friday and Saturday, before it turns drier and brighter in the west. The temperatures will generally feel cool.
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