Met Office warning: Low pressure system to sweep Britain as 'severe' weather to cause chaos for UK

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Winds as high as 70 mph have been forecast by the Met Office

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Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey

Published: 09/04/2023

- 11:24

Updated: 09/04/2023

- 11:26

The national weather agency has warned of high-speed winds set to batter the country

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for next week, with winds as high as 70mph set to batter Britain.

Power-cuts, travel delays and large waves crashing into shore fronts should be expected from in just 48 hours time.

A sudden change in conditions will see the bad weather sweep over the United Kingdom.

The national weather service has put Wales, Northern Ireland and the west of England on notice for the high-speed gales from 3pm on Tuesday, April 11.

Yellow weather warning graphic from Met Office

The first weather warning comes into place at 3pm on Tuesday, April 11

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Cornwall and the south west of England should then brace to bear the brunt of the bad contains from 6am on Wednesday April 12.

A low-pressure system will make its way across the country from Monday evening, bringing in the acute winds with it.

In its outlook for next week, the Met Office warns of: "A very windy spell of weather with gales or severe gales likely for a time.

"Generally unsettled with rain or showers at times, interspersed by brief brighter spells. Feeling cold."

Yellow weather warning graphic from Met Office

A second weather warning is in place from the morning of Wednesday, April 12

Met Office

It says those areas impacted by the yellow weather warning should prepare for "a swathe of strong winds potentially bringing some disruption".

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Steven Keates said wind speeds would be between 60 and 70 mph in exposed upland or coastal region, with up to 40mm of rain possible.

He said: "While the precise location and depth of this low-pressure system is subject to some uncertainty, there’s a distinct possibility of some disruptive wind for parts of the UK."

The miserable conditions are in stark contrast to the good weather over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Temperatures could reach as high as 18C in parts of the country before the sudden turn in contains, in what would be the hottest day of the year so far.

The UK is expected to be warmer than parts of Greece, with temperatures higher than on the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete.

Currently the warmest day of 2023 was on march 30, when a temperature of 17.8C was recorded in the Suffolk village of Santon Downham.

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