Met Office weather warning: Storm Noa to smash Britain with gale force winds TODAY

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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind

Georgina Cutler

By Georgina Cutler

Published: 12/04/2023

- 09:58

Updated: 12/04/2023

- 12:26

Weather chiefs have named the brutal weather system as it looks set to wreak havoc

Brits are being warned to brace for strong winds and heavy rain as Storm Noa looks set to batter Britain.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind across parts of the UK which could cause disruption on Wednesday.

Storm Noa has brought heavy rain and wind to Ireland this morning with snow reported on high ground.

High winds will continue to increase across southern parts of England, peaking through the middle of the day, when 50 to 60 mph gusts are expected.

Weather map of Britain

A yellow weather warning has been issued for southern parts of England

The Met Office

Severe winds have been battering Ireland as Cork and Kerry are set for the worst of the conditions with weather experts warning of "damaging gusts" with speeds of more than 110km/h.

Storm Noa, named by Meteo France, is expected to bring gusts of up to 70 to 75 mph along parts of the north coast of Devon and Cornwall, as well as exposed headlands elsewhere.

The yellow weather warning remains in place until 8pm tonight as forecasters warn of that some damage to buildings is possible and road, rail, air and ferry services could be affected.

Weather experts say outbreaks of heavy rain and showers will also blast Britain alongside the strong winds.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Matthew Lehnert, said: “Météo-France has named this low pressure system Storm Noa as it will bring strong winds across northern France.

"Most places will see showers or longer spells of rain today but the impacts are most likely to come from strong winds.

"Gusts of 50-60 mph are possible quite widely in the southwest, with up to 75 mph in exposed coastal areas.”

“Some disruption due to strong winds is expected in southern areas, particularly the south coast of Wales and southwest England.

Weather map of UK

High winds are set to batter Britain as Storm Noa moves from France


"It will be a cool day with temperatures of 7 to 10 C in the west, with 11 to 13 C possible in the southeast, however it will feel colder in the strong winds.”

Conditions are expected to stay unsettled throughout the rest of the week, with sunshine and heavy showers most parts of Britain on Thursday, and persistent rain in the south on Friday.

France has issued Status Orange weather warnings for three regions in the north of the country in relation to the same storm.

Some cross-Channel ferry services have been cancelled as a result of the high winds.

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