Gales and heavy rain forecast for Wednesday

By Ross Findon

Published on Monday, February 03, 2014 - 12:29


GALES and heavy rain are expected to hit parts of the country, including the Isle of Wight, on Wednesday, the Met Office has warned.

It has issued a yellow 'be alert' warning, in effect for most of Wednesday.

"Gales accompanied by heavy rain will continue northeastwards overnight, the gales swinging into the west by morning but still with the potential for gusts to around 70mph in coastal areas, possibly 80 mph in the far southwest.

"Inland gusts to around 60 mph are likely. A gradual change to more showery conditions is expected on Wednesday but still with some longer spells of rain, which could mean that some areas see accumulations of 20 to 30mm in 24 hours, perhaps even 40mm over southwestern hills.  

"The public should be aware of the risk of disruption from either the wind or rain elements in this warning, which have almost equal prominence during this period. "Additionally, large waves and high tides mean a further risk of flooding in some coastal areas," it warned.

The chief forecaster added: "Another very deep area of low pressure will swing bands of rain and strong winds across the entire country on Wednesday, with impacts focused in southern and western areas."



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