Headline:

Strong winds later today and tonight could lead to difficult driving conditions, disruption to transport, damaged or fallen trees and isolated power outages.

Warnings Issued:

  • Yellow WIND Warning (Medium Likelihood of Low Impacts) valid 1040 on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 to 0700 on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

Next 24 hours:

The strong south to south-westerly wind, currently gusting 30-40 mph, will increase further today.  Gusts of 40-50 mph are expected quite widely with isolated gusts of 60 mphespecially during the evening and night.  A frontal system, bringing outbreaks of possibly heavy rain or showers, will move east early tomorrow morning with the wind turning westerly and gradually easing from the west.

The Met Office has updated the Yellow WIND Warning (Medium Likelihood of Low Impacts) to cover the potential impacts from the strong winds including difficult driving conditions, especially for high sided vehicles, isolated disruption to transport and some damaged or fallen trees which could lead to isolated power outages.  We could also see some impacts to some of the more temporary features in our town centres such as Christmas decorations.

Thursday:

Much of Thursday will be fine and dry with a good deal of sunshine but cloud and further rain, possibly heavy, is expected to move northeast across the area late afternoon and evening although northern areas of the Thames Valley may remain dry.  The rain will gradually clear overnight.

Further Ahead:

It will be rather cloudy but generally dry on Friday although there is a low probability that locally heavy rain may push up from the south.  There is significant uncertainty around this so it will need watching.  The weekend will see a cooler, showery north-westerly wind developing.  It looks like remaining unsettled into the new working week.

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