UK to be blasted with 70mph winds and heavy rain this week as Met Office issues yellow weather warning

Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 12:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 12:25 pm
The weather in the UK over the next few days is going to be fairly unsettled, with a mixture of heavy rain, strong winds and wintry conditions set to hit (Photo: Shutterstock)
The weather in the UK over the next few days is going to be fairly unsettled, with a mixture of heavy rain, strong winds and wintry conditions set to hit (Photo: Shutterstock)

The weather in the UK over the next few days is going to be fairly unsettled, with a mixture of heavy rain, strong winds and wintry conditions set to hit.

‘Unsettled period’

The UK will see numerous weather conditions in different areas over the upcoming days, including rain, wind, sunshine and snow.

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Met Office spokesperson, Grahame Madge, explains that the UK is currently experiencing an “unsettled period” of weather, with a multitude of “different weather types in the picture.”

The Met Office forecast for Wednesday (8 Jan) explains that it will be “breezy during the morning, but winds will begin to ease later on. There may be the odd shower over hills at times. Feeling notably colder.”

Wednesday evening will be “cold and dry at first with patchy frost, before rain and hill snow spreads northwards overnight, with heavy bursts at times. Turning less cold but windy in the small hours.”

The Met Office forecast for Northern Ireland adds: “Dry and cold this evening. Thickening cloud will bring rain across all parts in the early hours. Becoming windy along the east coast with strong northeasterly winds. “

The Met Office UK forecast also adds that Thursday (9 Jan) will be “wet and windy” and “rain and drizzle will continue for many, although the odd brighter spell is possible too.”

Mr Madge explains that the system bringing widespread rain to the UK, which is heavy in some parts, is also bringing some snow to northern hills.

Frosty conditions forecast

Friday (10 Jan) is also set to see frosty conditions, with Mr Madge adding that it will be a “frosty start for many”.

The Met Office forecast states that it will be a “frosty start to Friday otherwise dry and bright, but stronger winds later.

However, there will then be “rain arriving on Saturday with the strong winds continuing. Patchy cloud and a risk of showers on Sunday.”

Gusts of up to 70mph

A Met Office yellow weather warning for wind is in place from 3am to 6pm on Thursday (9 Jan)

The Met Office said: “A spell of very strong winds is expected to spread from the south-west across Wales and many parts of England through Thursday morning.

“Gusts of 50-60 mph are possible for many areas, with gusts of 70 mph in places.

“Winds will begin to ease across Wales through late morning, and across the rest of the area by evening.”

What to expect from this weather warning:

- There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris- There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs- There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected- There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close- There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage- There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

This article was originally published on our sister site, Yorkshire Evening Post.