Sunday, 3 Mar 2024

Autumn to take over this week with 80mph wind warning across nearly all UK

A yellow weather warning is in place for this week while the first storm of the autumn and winter season is expected to hit the UK.

The Met Office said gales of up to 80mph could batter the country, with a yellow weather warning for wind in place from 10am on Wednesday to 7am on Thursday in most areas.

Dubbed Storm Agnes, the forecaster also said it could pose a ‘danger to life’ due to strong winds and heavy rain causing flying debris.

Mark Sidaway, deputy chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: ‘A deep area of low pressure is expected to approach south-west Ireland early on Wednesday, and track across northern parts of the UK before clearing early Thursday.

‘There is some uncertainty on the precise track and strength of this weather system, however the most likely outcome at present is for a wide swathe of 50 to 60 mph gusts affecting inland areas.

‘A yellow warning for wind has been issued for much of the country from 10am on Wednesday to 7am on Thursday.

‘Some Irish Sea coasts could see gusts of 65 to 75 mph, with a small chance of 80 mph gusts on the most exposed coasts and headlands.’

The week is expected to remain very unsettled and also be changeable into next weekend.

Just a few days ago the remnants of Hurricane Nigel caused chaos, causing torrential rain and flooding across the UK.

The Met Office said in its warning that ‘a spell of strong winds is expected to move north-east through Wednesday, with a small chance that they could be significantly disruptive’.

It added there is a ‘small chance of injuries and danger to life’ and the chance of damage to buildings, such as tiles blown off roofs.

There is the potential of power cuts and disruption to services such as mobile phone coverage.

People should expect longer journey times by road and cancellations to rail, air and ferry services. Some roads and bridges could be closed as a result.

The Met Office further warned people to stay vigilant by the coast due to large waves and beach material being thrown around, which could see a risk of injuries and danger to life.

The hottest day of the year was recorded earlier in September, with an ‘unprecedented’ seven days of heat in a row.

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