GALE FORCE UK weather: Met Office issues yellow warning for severe 55mph winds set to cause travel chaos and power cuts

THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning as severe 55mph winds are set to cause travel chaos and power cuts.

Thunderstorms, heavy rain and hail will hit today - with strong gales lashing Brits.

A commuter is buffeted by the wind on London Bridge this morning
A commuter is buffeted by the wind on London Bridge this morningCredit: George Cracknell Wright
Miserable weather near Waterloo station
Miserable weather near Waterloo stationCredit: Elliott Franks
A plane has a bumpy landing at Leeds Bradford Airport
A plane has a bumpy landing at Leeds Bradford AirportCredit: LNP
The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning
The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warningCredit: MET Office
Rain will soak the UK today
Rain will soak the UK todayCredit: MET Office

A yellow wind warning will be in force for Wales, Northern Ireland and the whole of England south of Newcastle until 10pm tonight.

Howling winds of up to 55mph will likely spark road, train, ferry and flight delays throughout the warning zone.

Power cuts and phone signal outages are also possible, forecasters said.

The mercury will plunge today as blustery showers spread across the UK.Gusty winds will bring hail and thunder to most of the country this afternoon.

The showers will peter out this evening, but it will still be rather windy with rain clouds lingering on along the North Sea coast.

Groundwater flooding is possible in parts of Dorset and Wiltshire this week.

The Environment Agency has issued eight red flood warnings and 65 amber flood alerts across England.Tomorrow will be drier with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers.

But it will still be chilly with blustery winds buffeting most of the country.

Wednesday will also be mostly dry, though the north west could see some rain.

It will be rather cloudy on Thursday, with light rain spreading to the south.

Friday will also be overcast before the wind peters out and warm weather returns this coming weekend.


Is your area affected?

THESE are the areas covered by a yellow wind warning until 10pm:

  • Derby
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicester
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottingham
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Rutland
  • Bedford
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Central Bedfordshire
  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Luton
  • Norfolk
  • Peterborough
  • Southend-on-Sea
  • Suffolk
  • Thurrock
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Buckinghamshire
  • East Sussex
  • Greater London
  • Hampshire
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kent
  • Medway
  • Milton Keynes
  • Oxfordshire
  • Portsmouth
  • Reading
  • Slough
  • Southampton
  • Surrey
  • West Berkshire
  • West Sussex
  • Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Wokingham
  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West and Chester
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Halton
  • Lancashire
  • Merseyside
  • Warrington
  • County Antrim
  • County Armagh
  • County Down
  • County Fermanagh
  • County Londonderry
  • County Tyrone
  • Bath and North East Somerset
  • Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole
  • Bristol
  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Isles of Scilly
  • North Somerset
  • Plymouth
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • Swindon
  • Torbay
  • Wiltshire
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Conwy
  • Denbighshire
  • Flintshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Monmouthshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Swansea
  • Torfaen
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • Wrexham
  • Herefordshire
  • Shropshire
  • Staffordshire
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • Warwickshire
  • West Midlands Conurbation
  • Worcestershire
  • East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • North Yorkshire
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire
  • York

This week's Met Office forecast


A narrow band of squally heavy rain clearing England and Wales by late morning.

Blustery showers, with hail and thunder already in the north spreading to all parts during the afternoon.

Feeling colder than of late, with gusty winds.


Showers dying out across much of the country, but persisting across the Northern Isles and along North Sea coasts.

Clear spells developing, but remaining rather windy.


Drier on Tuesday with sunny spells and scattered showers, these mostly in the north and west, but also across the south and east at first.

Feeling chilly with blustery winds.

Wednesday to Friday

Mostly dry on Wednesday with rain in the northwest later.

Rather cloudy on Thursday with light rain spreading south.

Cloudy for some on Friday. Winds easing as temperatures recover later.

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