Met Office weather warning as 70mph winds to bring powercuts ahead of -8C freeze

Yellow weather warnings for the whole of England and Wales have been issued for this week with winds expected to reach 70mph.

The Met Office warns that winds will peak in power from 9pm on Wednesday, lasting overnight until 3pm on Thursday.

A map on the national meteorological service's website shows England and Wales covered in yellow, just a day after only the very north-western tip of Scotland is warned of winds.

The Met Office said: "Gusts of 50-55 mph are possible inland, especially close to showers.

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

This comes after the mercury plummet in Sennybridge, Wales to -7.7C on Sunday, and yet more cold temperatures are forecast, according to reports.

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."

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: "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."

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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".

The meteorological organisation 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".

Once the wind passes snow will even start to fall in some areas according to Netweather which warns showers will be 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".

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