Storm Francis triggers Amber wind warning
Wind and rain warnings are in force across large parts of the UK through Tuesday into Wednesday, as Storm Francis gradually moves across the country.
The deep Atlantic low-pressure system will continue to bring heavy rain to northern parts of the UK on Tuesday, as the storm gradually moves eastwards across the county over the next 18-24 hours. Many northern areas have already seen 15 to 20mm of rain falling in just a few hours on Tuesday morning, with parts of Northern Ireland reporting 30-40 mm at a few sites.
Along with heavy rain, Storm Francis will bring unseasonably strong wind gusts of 60 to 70mph, with an Amber wind warning in force for Wales and central parts of England. In this warning area gusts of 65-70mph could even be seen inland. A larger yellow wind warning is in force for most of England until midday on Wednesday. Wind gusts of 64mph have already been recorded at Needles, Isle of Wight on Tuesday morning.
Chief Meteorologist Steve Ramsdale, said “Storm Francis arrived early on Tuesday morning, bringing another spell of wet and windy weather for the UK over the next few days. Wind speeds this strong are unusual during August and may come as a surprise to people spending time outdoors trying to catch the last few days of summer.
“A number of severe weather warnings have been issued and these warnings can be updated regularly so please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast.”
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “Drivers look set for yet more miserable conditions in the run-up to the bank holiday. At the very least, surface spray on the roads will be a problem, but if conditions deteriorate further there’s the prospect of localised flooding and falling branches which could both negatively affect journey times.
“Drivers must be on their guard and, even though it’s August, trips by car look likely to be anything but plain sailing. We advise making sure cars are road-ready by checking tyres, oil and coolant levels in particular – and staying tuned to local weather forecasts. Never attempt to drive through floods unless you are sure the water is shallow enough for you to make it through.”
Large waves are also expected in coastal areas around the South West including the Bristol Channel, throughout Tuesday, moving along the English Channel as the day progresses. Beachgoers are advised to take extra care.
Storm Francis will clear to the East of the UK by Wednesday lunchtime, leaving a brighter and more settled outlook for the remainder of the day. After a showery day on Friday the Bank Holiday weekend should bring sunshine to most parts for a time with scattered showers before further unsettled weather is expected to move in from Tuesday next week.
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