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Met Office warning: 70mph gales to batter whole of England as -8C freeze sets in

Met Office forecasts increasing rain and wind for UK

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Met Office yellow weather warnings have been issued over the next few days with fierce winds due to hit the whole of England and Wales. Warning maps span the entirety of both countries, with up to 70mph winds forecast on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Met Office warns: Strong and gusty winds are likely to develop on Wednesday evening and continue into Thursday across England and Wales.

“Gusts of 50 to 55 mph are possible inland, especially close to showers.

“Gusts may reach 60 to 70 mph on coasts and hills, especially in the west, before gradually easing on Thursday afternoon.”

This comes after the mercury sank to -7.7C in Sennybridge on Sunday, and yet more cold temperatures and even snow are forecast.

Read More: UK storm warning: Severe Atlantic gales to smash UK before snow hits

Met Office warning

Met Office warning: 70 mph gales to batter whole of England as -8C freeze sets in  (Image: GETTY)

Met Office warning: Map wind warning

Met Office warning: Two areas of low pressure will bring fierce winds to the UK this week (Image: NETWEATHER)

The Met Office wrote on Twitter: “Sunday saw a north to south split in the #weather across the UK. #Frost cleared to give some #sunshine in the south, whilst cloudier skies brought some #rain in the north.”

The yellow warning for wind comes into force at 9pm on Wednesday and remains in place until 3pm on Thursday.

The areas affected are the East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, North East England, North West England, South West England, Wales, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber.

Netweather forecasters say the wild winds are due to two low-pressure systems heading to the UK from the Atlantic.

Met Office warning: Met Office warning map

Met Office warning: Fierce winds are forecast to hit the whole of England and Wales (Image: MET OFFICE)

Met Office warning: Jetstream chart

Met Office warning: The strengthening jetstream will bring two low pressure systems this week (Image: NETWEATHER)

These systems will “bring wet and very windy weather from the west.”

Meteorologist for the British Weather Services, Jim Dale, said of the weather this week: “This is a fairly major system which we expect to affect the UK from Tuesday into Wednesday, it may be something we issue a warning for.

“We are expecting severe gale-force gusts in exposed regions later on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

“This system, which is a double-barrelled low-pressure organisation, has got some venom and is going to keep people on their toes.”

Netweather forecasters warn conditions could turn “stormy” to the middle of this week, due to “the strengthening Jetstream” which will “throw two rapidly deepening lows our way”.

Netweather warns on Wednesday night there will be “severe gales for exposed parts and there will be high gusts inland.”

Despite the map covering the entirety of the UK the worst of the winds will be seen in “Wales and SW England” as well as “through the Irish Sea and the English Channel.”

Following the gales there will be squally showers in colder air and with a fresh to strong westerly wind persisting on Thursday, it will feel cold.

Met Office warning: Rain radar

Met Office warning: Heavy rain will accompany the winds, and could turn wintry in places (Image: NETWEATHER)

Met Office warning: Wind radar

Met Office warning: The charts turn purple with the force of the winds, indicating the 70mph gusts the Met Office have predicted (Image: WXCHARTS)

Netweather warns there is yet more snow on the way, with showers taking on “a more wintry tinge through the day with snow later Thursday into the weekend for hills and mountains of Northern Ireland, northern Britain and Wales.”

Maps from WXCharts – which gets its data from Met Desk – show strong winds across much of England and Wales on Wednesday night.

The charts turn purple with the force of the winds, indicating the 70mph gusts the Met Office have predicted.

Maps from Netweather also show the oncoming rain showers, with much of the country seeing rain in some form by Wednesday.

The Met Office warns the winds could cause:

  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer

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