UK weather: Met Office warnings of Bank Holiday gales ahead of -4C Arctic blast

The Met Office has warned “disruptive winds” could cause chaos in southern England and Wales over the Bank Holiday weekend.

It warns of high winds from Monday afternoon and into Tuesday morning.

A yellow warning is in place from noon on Monday, and will remain in place until 9am on Tuesday.

It covers coastal areas in Wales and the entire south coast of England.

Forecasters warn that travel delays are likely and damage to outdoor temporary structures is possible.

A yellow weather warning has been put in place by the Met Office
A yellow weather warning has been put in place by the Met Office

Hopes of seeing off the long weekend with an al-fresco pint have been dashed by forecasts of torrential rain, which is expected to only worsen by next week.

Blustery gales with gusts of 45-50mph sweeping in from the Atlantic are set to hit the South West on Sunday evening.

Across the weekend, scattered showers and winds are expected in most parts of the country along with some patchy frost and sunny spells.

And today will see temperatures as low as -4C – colder than Russia, which is set for -1C chills.

Temperatures are set to plummet well below average with lows of -3C and -4C.

Temperatures are set to plummet, forecasters warned
Temperatures are set to plummet, forecasters warned

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said yesterday: “There’s quite a deep area of low pressure coming in from the West on Monday.

“It’s pretty windy with some gales in exposed areas in the West’s coast and hills.

“We could see a yellow wind warning being issued for Monday.

“Obviously with lockdown restrictions coming down now there could be more people out and about so the impact could be higher than normal but certainly a very wet and windy day moving in from the West on Monday.

“The west and the south west – coasts and hills out towards western Scotland, western Ireland and southwest England are likely to see the worst of the weather.

“It’s going to stay fairly chilly with below average temperatures for the next few days”.

“Some of the rural areas overnight could get down to -3 or -4C.”

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