UK weather warning: ‘Stay back’ alert issued as Atlantic low to hit with 70mph gales – map

BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood forecasts rain and strong winds

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Met Office warnings for wind are in place across Wednesday and Thursday, with up to 70mph gales expected to hit some areas of the UK. This is due to an Atlantic system, bringing the strong winds and blustery showers to England and Wales by midweek.

Temperatures will also dive, with conditions expected to plunge in some areas.

Rain could turn to snow in some areas, especially over coasts and hills.

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said: “After the recent settled spell the weather will turn more unsettled this week with strong winds and rain.

“Yellow weather warnings for wind are in force.

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“The second of two areas of low pressure is likely to bring the most widespread strong winds, with gusts of 55mph widely across England and Wales later on Wednesday and Thursday, with gusts up to 70mph in exposed western locations.”

Heavy rain is also forecast to soak large parts of the country this week.

The Environment Agency has issued several flood alerts, with one flood warning in place as well as 17 flood alerts in England.

The warnings are in place from 9pm on Wednesday until 3pm on Thursday, with all of England and Wales covered.

The Met Office warns: “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.”

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said of the stormy weather: “This is a fairly major system which we expect to affect the UK from Tuesday into Wednesday, it may be something we issue a warning for.

“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.”

Now the RLNI has issued an urgent warning for anyone near the coast as the dangerous winds hit.

The lifesaving charity are encouraging people to exercise extreme caution if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers, if local government guidelines allow them to visit the coast. 

Gareth Morrison, RNLI Head of Water Safety, said: “During lockdown, RNLI lifeboats and stations remain operational and will launch around the clock where there is risk to life.

“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.

“So, whether you are walking, running or cycling at the coast, please be extra responsible and avoid taking unnecessary risk or entering the water.

“In particular, we ask people to stay well back from stormy, wintery seas and cliff edges, check tide times before you go, take a phone with you, and call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard if you or someone else is in trouble.”

The RNLI’s key water safety advice is:

  • Take care if walking near cliffs – be aware of ice and frost, know your route and keep dogs on a lead.
  • Check weather forecasts and tide times daily.
  • Take a fully charged phone.
  • Check your equipment is in good working order.
  • Be aware of the conditions and your capabilities and only enter the water if it is safe to do so.

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