BBC Weather: Gales and heavy rain forecast across UK
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BBC Weather’s Matt Taylor said heavy rain will continue to move across the UK while strong winds are set to blow into the UK with gales and heavy showers predicted this week. A yellow weather warning is in force for all of England and Wales from 9pm on Wednesday, with the possibility of gusts reaching 70 mph in some parts.
Mr Taylor said: “As if the news hadn’t been terrible enough this week, our weather gets in on the act during today and tomorrow so be prepared for some pretty heavy rain at times, some severe gales that could cause damage and disruption and rough seas particularly out west.
“It’s a pretty wet start for England the Wales. Blue colours show where the rain is falling at the moment.
“Some heavy rain shortly returning to the west of Northern Ireland but there is a gap in the rain across Scotland so a brighter morning than we had yesterday.
“But the morning better than the afternoon because rain continues through England and Wales.
“Winds have eased down but they will pick up again this afternoon.”
He added: “Into tonight rain still keeps coming and going through the night.
“Some heavier rain later on in particular and into tomorrow morning the winds just step up another level.
“You could see wind gusts of 40 to 60mph and in some western parts of England and Wales we could see them top 70, maybe 80mph.”
UK weather: Met Office warn for gusty winds across country
On Wednesday evening England and Wales are expected to experience strong winds accompanied by heavy and blustery showers.
The Met Office warning said: “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.”
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The forecaster warned the weather could cause delays to transport and short-term loss of power and other services.
The wind warning is in place for all of England and Wales until 3pm on Thursday.
The RNLI urged people to exercise caution if visiting exposed cliffs, seafronts or piers due to the “severe safety risk” caused by the wind, which is expected to be accompanied by heavy showers.
The charity’s head of water safety Gareth Morrison said: “We would encourage everyone to follow the latest Government guidelines on what they are able to do and where they are able to go during lockdown, but for anyone visiting a coastal area please understand the risks to be as safe as possible and not put unnecessary strain on front line services.
“In a normal year around 150 people lose their lives at the coast and we know that more than half of those never intended to be in the water.”
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