BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of ‘damaging’ 50mph winds as Storm Ellen barrels in

The BBC meteorologist stated that it is unusually windy in the UK for this time of year. Ms Kirkwood told BBC Breakfast that southwest England and south Wales are the areas where the costal flooding is expected to hit.    

Ms Kirkwood said: “We have got some potentially damaging winds and potentially some coastal flooding across parts of southwest England and South Wales in the next few days.

“It is unusually windy for this time of year, we have already got rain piling in across the Channel Islands over to southeast England and Wales.

“As the wind continues to move northward the rain will ease a little bit.

“Across the northeast there is a lot a dry weather with some sunshine.

“Temperatures are 15 to 20 degrees with the wind strengthening and gusting to about 40mph-50mph later on in the southwest.

“Through this evening and overnight a band of rain pushes eastwards and then a second band of rain comes in.

“Don’t forget that it is still going to be fairly gusty because we have a an area of low pressure coming our way.”

Ms Kirkwood explained an “area of low pressure” named Storm Ellen by the Irish Met Office was causing the disruptive gales. 

The weather expert added: “As we move through Thursday night, if anything it is going to become even windier in a more widespread fashion.”

Earlier this morning the Met Office issued yellow warnings for this week in two areas across Britain.

A yellow warning for wind has been issued across Wales and Northern Ireland and will last from 8pm tonight until 11.59pm on Thursday. 

The Met Office also issued a yellow warning for rain which is predicted until 12am on Thursday in Plymouth and Exeter.

It states: “Although there is some uncertainty in the track of the low, gusts of 65mph are possible inland, with 70mph or more possible around coasts and hills.

“Whilst winds may temporarily ease during Thursday morning, a band of heavy rain is likely to move east during Thursday afternoon and evening accompanied by some locally squally winds.”

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Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: “Following the recent hot and thundery weather, we are seeing a significant change to very unsettled conditions for August with an unseasonal spell of strong winds associated with low-pressure centres for the second half of the week.

“Uncertainty remains high in the intensity of these systems at this point, but we are confident in the change to a spell of much windier weather.”

In its long range forecast from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 30, the Met Office wrote: “The beginning of this period is likely to be generally unsettled with showers and longer spells of rain at times, which could potentially become heavy in places.

“Some isolated thunderstorms are possible, though these will not be as severe as recent days.”

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