UK weather: Strong winds and rain cause travel chaos as Met Office issues yellow warning


    Strong winds and heavy rains are likely to cause travel chaos in the UK with a yellow warning currently in place. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain and winds that will affect some western coastal areas, including western Wales, northern England and southwest Scotland, as well as the east coast of Northern Ireland, during Wednesday, before spreading inland during the afternoon and affecting eastern Scotland later.

    According to the warning issued by the Met office, a spell of very strong west to southwesterly winds will develop across western Argyll and extend steadily northwards across northwestern and northern Scotland overnight.

    Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are likely for a short time across exposed areas before winds ease from the south.

    Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “Much of the UK can expect a spell of strong southerly winds on Wednesday, but the warning area highlights where gusts of up to 65mph will be and therefore where there are likely to be some travel delays.”

    He added: “30 to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in some areas, and where it falls over ground already wet from recent rainfall as well as fallen leaves there may be spray and flooding on the roads as well as travel delays”

    The Met Office also warned that a short-term loss of power is a possibility, and some sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by large waves.

    On Tuesday, gusts of 61mph were recorded in Langdon Bay, Kent, while 59mph winds were recorded at Heathrow.

    The department further stated that heavy rain will affect southeastern parts of England during Thursday morning, clearing eastwards early afternoon. 20-30 mm of rain is expected fairly widely, with 40 mm in a few places near English Channel coasts.

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    South Wales Police said the A4118 South Gower Road was closed due to flooding.

    A number of flood warnings have been issued for the Swansea Valley by Natural Resources Wales.

    Pant Lasau Road, which links Swansea’s Morriston Hospital with Clasemont Road, has reopened after it was closed in both directions due to flooding.


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