Met Office issues severe weather warning as 75mph gales batter Britain

Met Office issues severe weather warning as 75mph gales batter Britain

Severe gale force winds up to 75mph are set to batter parts of Britain, bringing misery ahead of an icy blast from a polar vortex that will send temperatures plummeting.

The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘danger to life’ weather warning for parts of Scotland, telling people in the affected regions that "very strong winds" will persist for almost 24 hours.

The wild conditions threaten to disrupt road, rail, air and ferry transport, cut power to homes and businesses, spawn large waves and send debris flying.

The worst winds are expected in Scotland from 9am on Monday to 6am on Tuesday, while the rest of the country remains largely cloudy, with some patchy rain in the north before colder temperatures and snow hit later in the week.

The Met Office suggests that gusts of up to 75mph are expected and it could bring possible travel disruption.

The warning reads: "Very strong winds are expected to affect northern and parts of eastern Scotland on Monday and Monday night.

"Gusts of 65 to 75 mph are likely, particularly in the far north and northeast, before winds gradually ease from the west during Tuesday."

It means that some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely, some bus and train services will probably be hit with journeys taking longer.

There could be delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and there is also the risk of some loss of power especially across Scotland.

Some coastal and seafront routes could also see large waves of sea spray.

Temperatures will be mild, hitting double digits in many areas, but they will not feel pleasant in places where it is windy and/or rainy.

A chill could see temperatures of around -2C or -3C in Scotland on Tuesday morning while northern England, Wales and the central area will be just above the freezing mark.

Winds will be lighter but a northerly breeze will give light showers in the far east, with wintry flurries over northern hills, the Met Office said.

There could also be some freezing fog as Britain heads into Wednesday.

It could be a cold Wednesday morning with temperatures of -3 or -4C in Scotland, around -3C in places such as Blackpool, Manchester and the Lake District while Newcastle might manage 2C to 3C.

From then on, it will gradually turn milder and increasingly cloudy from Wednesday to Friday, with some patchy rain or drizzle in places, particularly in the west.

Some brighter spells are also possible.

What areas are under a wind warning?

The following areas in Scotland are under a yellow warning for wind from 9am on Monday to 6am on Tuesday:

Central, Tayside and Fife: Angus, Dundee, Fife, Perth and Kinross.

Grampian: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray.

Highlands and Eilean Siar: Na h-Eileanan Siar, Highland.

What is the Met Office saying?

Here’s what the warning says: "Very strong winds are expected to affect northern and parts of eastern Scotland on Monday and Monday night.

"Gusts of 65 to 75mph are likely, particularly in the far north and northeast, before winds gradually ease from the west during Tuesday."

What should I expect?

The Met Office has warned of delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

It said some bus and train services will probably be affected, with journeys taking longer.

Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges are likely.

Some short-term loss of power and other services is possible.

It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.

Met Office five-day forecast

Monday

Windy in northern and central areas today, particularly in northern Scotland where there will be gales.

Cloudy skies for most places with a band of rain sinking south.

Sunny spells and blustery showers developing in the north during the afternoon.

Monday night

Wind and rain gradually easing for most overnight with clear spells.

However it will stay windy with light showers in eastern counties.

Tuesday

Dry with sunny spells for most places.

Winds will be lighter, although a northerly breeze will give light showers in the far east, with wintry flurries over northern hills.

Wednesday to Friday

Gradually turning milder and increasing cloudy from Wednesday with some patchy rain or drizzle in places, particularly in the west.

However, some brighter spells are also possible.

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