BBC weather: Very strong winds and storms on the way
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Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office as Storms Dudley and Eunice strike the UK with gale-force winds. Forecasters have said winds could be as high as 110mph from Dudley, as snow strikes in some parts of Britain amid a collision of high and low pressure.
Maps see wind gusts from Storm Dudley strike the UK from 6am on Wednesday, with 46.6mph gusts along the west coast of Britain and in Northern Ireland.
Moving into the afternoon, conditions worsen for as Ireland suffers 55.3mph gusts all over the country, while Merseyside and the Welsh coast are also buffeted by the winds.
By 6pm, much of Britain and all of Ireland suffer from the strongest winds of the day as Hugh and low pressure collide, with rainfall everywhere north of Birmingham.
Moving into the evening and snow strikes in the highest parts of Scotland, with 3cm of snow featuring in Inverness and Wick.
Dudley will continue to affect the UK through to Thursday evening, where storm Eunice begins to strike.
Tyler Ros, AccuWeather forecaster, told Express.co.uk the rest of the week will see a “very active period across the United Kingdom”.
He said: “Storm Dudley is going to race eastward across northern Scotland and the North Sea on Wednesday.
“This will bring rain to N. Ireland, northern England and Scotland with snow in the hills.
“This storm is expected to bring widespread 50-60 mph (80-100 kph) wind gusts Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night.
“The highest wind gusts will be across coastal Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern England.
“Wind gusts across this area will generally be 60-70 mph (100-115 kph) with the western coastal areas could see gusts up to 80 mph (130 kph).
“There could be gusts as high as 110 mph (175 kph) either across southwest coastal Scotland or across the higher elevations of the southern half of Scotland or the Pennines.
“Snowfall will be limited to the Scottish Highlands in which some locations could see upwards of 12 inches (30 cm) by Thursday afternoon.
“Blizzard conditions are expected across the Scottish Highlands.”
Two weather warnings for wind have been issued by the Met Office, with one being amber and one being yellow, on Wednesday.
The amber warning is in effect from 4pm to 11:59pm, while the yellow warning is in effect from 3pm to 6am on Thursday.
In their amber warning, the Met Office said: “Very strong westerly winds are expected to develop across southwest Scotland and northern parts of Northern Ireland later on Wednesday afternoon, extending eastward across southern Scotland and northern England during the evening.
“There is still some uncertainty in the timing and location of the strongest winds but inland gusts of 60-70 mph are likely, perhaps briefly up to 80 mph in a few places. Gusts of 80-90 mph are possible around exposed coasts and hills for a time.”
Their yellow warning said: “After a windy day, westerly winds are expected to increase further later on Wednesday afternoon and evening across southern Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England, then parts of Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia.
“There is still some uncertainty in the timing and location of the strongest winds but there is the potential for inland wind gusts of 60-70 mph in places. Gusts of 80-90 mph are possible around exposed coasts of southwest Scotland for a brief time.
“The worst of the winds will ease through Thursday morning, though remaining generally windy during the day.”
Paul Michaelwaite, Netweater.tv forecaster, wrote on the agency’s website Britons should get ready for some wild weather”.
On Storm Dudley, he said: “It’s expected to track just over or to the north of Scotland, with the strongest gusts likely to be through central and southern Scotland, into Northern England and also Northern Ireland.
“But, slight changes in that track could shift that core of very strong winds further north or south.
“Gusts may well peak in excess of 90mph in exposed locations, with 60-75mph possible more widely.”
National Highways Head of Road Safety Jeremy Phillips said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve. If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey.
“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.
“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space.
“In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”
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