A yellow 'be aware' weather warning for storm force winds and ‘unusually high waves’ has been issued by the Met Office

A yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning for storm force winds and ‘unusually high waves’ has been issued by the Met Office.

Gales, severe at times, are likely to affect North Wales, Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from tomorrow night, during Wednesday and at first on Thursday with a risk of storm force winds for parts of Western and Northern Scotland.

The strongest winds will slowly ease on Thursday morning. Waves will be unusually high, bringing the risk of localised flooding of roads and causeways, particularly in western and northern Scotland and northern coasts of Northern Ireland.

Frequent wintry showers will also bring an additional hazard, mainly over higher ground. The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel and perhaps also power supplies.

60-80mph gusts

The Met Office chief forecaster said: ‘Very strong winds are likely to affect northern and central parts of the UK from Tuesday night until early Thursday as a deep low pressure system moves slowly eastwards between Scotland and Iceland.

‘There remains some uncertainty in the track and depth of this low and therefore in the exact wind strengths and timings, however a period of severe gales over the highlighted area is likely, as well as the potential for storm force winds over western and northern parts of Scotland.

‘Gusts of 60-70mph can be expected within the warning area, with 70-80mph in northwestern exposures.

‘Wintry showers could give some significant snow accumulations over high ground.’

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