Met Office warns 50mm rain barrage and 60mph winds to hit in hours

Met Office shares week ahead weather

Powerful gusts are set to grip the southwest today and tomorrow as the Met Office issued yellow wind warnings. The wind warnings, which are in place from 3pm today until 3am on Wednesday in certain areas and until midnight in others, are set to cause travel chaos as road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely to be affected by the stormy weather.

Winds could reach up to 60 mph for a time, the Met Office has warned, however, most areas will experience 40-50mph gusts.

Areas affected include North West England, Northern Ireland, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, South West England, London & South East England and Wales.

The Met Office said: “Gusts of 40-50 mph are expected widely within the warning area, but some coastal areas, especially in parts of southwest Wales and Cornwall, could see gusts above 60 mph at times. Outbreaks of heavy rain or showers will accompany the strong winds.”

The forecast for this week marks a stark contrast to the warm sunshine much of the country experienced over the first three days of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Temperatures skyrocketed to 17.3C at Kinlochewe in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday and 17.1C in London on Sunday.

After a glorious Easter weekend in the sun, a strong westerly jet stream arriving off the Atlantic is set to bring chillier and more unsettled weather this upcoming week.

Outbreaks of rain will spread east across many areas this morning.

Today will be followed by windier conditions with sunny spells and scattered April showers showers, which in some places will be heavy with hail and thunder, forecasters have warned.

Netweather senior forecaster Nick Finnis said a spell of wet and increasingly windy weather is expected to spread from the southwest across England and Wales this afternoon and evening.

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Scross the southwest, residents could experience around 35-50mm of rain falling in places.

Today, temperatures could reach 12C in the southeast, but other parts of the country are set to be much chillier as coastal areas could drop to 4C.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland could be shivering in as cold as 2 to 3C.

BBC Weather forecaster Chris Fawkes said this week would be wet and windy as a strong jet stream from the Atlantic develops an area of low pressure, with temperatures dropping from the highs seen over the weekend.

“It will become very windy on Tuesday night for parts of Northern Ireland, Wales and western England with gusts of wind reaching 50mph to 60mph – strong enough to bring down some tree branches and cause some localised disruption,” he said.

“There is a chance that a stronger low pressure could develop bringing a few gusts as high as 70mph or even 80mph to areas adjoining the Irish Sea, but there is a degree of uncertainty due to the fact that the area of low pressure hasn’t even started to develop just yet.”

He added: “The weather will stay blustery on Wednesday with outbreaks of rain and some heavy, thundery showers. It will feel a lot colder, especially in the strong winds, with temperatures reaching between 6C and 12C.

“It will even be cold enough to see a little snow on some of the mountains in northern areas – a reminder that spring can be a fickle season.”

By next week, London areas could bask in the sun once more as temperatures skyrocket to 16C.

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