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Posted Wed 6th February 2019 18:38
It has been quiet across southern counties today but winds rapidly strengthen tonight. There is the potential for severe gales to lead to travel disruption in places.
Winds strengthen tonight and during the early hours of Thursday with the possibility of 60mph gusts inland and 70mph ones near the coast 70mph. It could turn out to be one of the windiest spells of the winter so far in the south and I wouldn't be surprised to see some disruption.
The strong winds will be caused by a steep pressure gradient on the southern flank of a small area of low pressure that pushes across central parts of the UK. It will also bring heavy outbreaks of rain and over northern hills snow is possible.
The Meteo France Arpege chart below is for 05:00 GMT, Thursday 7th February. Tomorrow morning the area of strongest winds moves away eastwards, but even in the early afternoon there could be gales in East Anglia and the south eastern corner.
Another stormy period of weather is expected on Friday and Saturday. This time the strong winds are expected to affect much of the country.
The Meteo France Arpege chart below is for 16:00 GMT, Friday 8th February. It shows wind gusts of between 50mph and 60mph over a large area. By the evening winds in the north west could be reaching 70mph in exposed coastal locations, although in the south they may be starting to ease, at least for a time. The stormy conditions are likely to continue on Saturday. There is also the possibility of wet snow in central and northern areas, especially over high ground.
Strong winds are expected in southern counties tonight and early tomorrow. They could lead to some disruption, particularly on the roads.
Another spell of very windy weather develops on Friday and it affects much of the UK. The stormy conditions are likely to last into Saturday.
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