Met Office issues wind warnings

An Atlantic low-pressure system is bringing unseasonably strong winds, and heavy rain or showers to many places across the UK over the coming days.

Two yellow National Severe Weather Warnings for wind have been issued highlighting the potential for impacts such as travel disruption to South Wales and southwest England on Friday and the south and east of England on Saturday.

Met Office chief meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said: “Strong winds will develop across the South West early on Friday, pushing further north across parts of Wales through the day.

“Gusts of 35 to 45 mph are likely quite widely for a time, with gusts over 50 mph affecting some coasts and hills, mainly across Cornwall and west Wales.

“This is an unusual time of year for such strong winds and, with many people on holiday or planning outdoor activities, they are likely to cause some disruption.

“In addition, heavy rain could lead to standing water and spray on roads and consequently difficult driving conditions. Winds are expected to ease through the evening.

“Temperatures are expected to stay near average or rather cool over the coming days especially in the rain and wind.”

The start of the weekend sees blustery conditions, showers and a risk of some thunder, as the deep area of low pressure continues to have an impact.

With some very strong gusts of wind likely to the south of the system on Saturday another warning has been issued.

The winds will be strongest in the south and east of England where gusts are expected to widely reach 40 mph, with 50 to 55 mph in exposed places such as over hills and along the south coast.

We could again see some minor impacts and travel disruption before the winds ease later in the evening.

Sunday is expected to be less windy, but rain and showers will continue for the north of the UK with a risk of thunder, while further south will see a mix of sunny spells and showers.

There will be a mix of sunny spells and showers for most parts for the start of the working week. Some of the showers could be heavy with a risk of thunder.

The unsettled theme to our weather looks set to continue through next week, although with more in the way of dry weather than recently for some parts.

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