Met Office issues yellow alert for two days of storms in the UK with 60mph gales

After a record-breaking heatwave, Britain is now being lashed by storms and the Met Office has warned of plenty more to come.

A yellow weather alert for wind has been issued with gales of around 60mph expected to batter the country on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A Met Office warning read: "A spell of strong winds is likely to develop across the southwest of England and Wales on Tuesday morning, before spreading east across other parts of England and Wales overnight, clearing into the North Sea on Wednesday afternoon.

"Gusts of wind are likely to exceed 50mph for quite a few places, with exposed coasts and hills seeing gusts in excess of 60mph."

"Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August, with possible transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities."

The warning is in place from 9am on Tuesday, August 25, to 3pm on Wednesday, August 26, and covers the entire southern half of the England and the whole of Wales.

Exposed areas and coastal regions are expected to bear the brunt of the storms.

The Scilly Isles were cut off this week as Storm Ellen made seas too rough for the regular Scillonian ferry to sail.

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Many coastal routes and communities could be affected by extreme spray and large waves midweek.

The forecast for Monday to Wednesday reads: "Some showers in South England, Midlands and Wales on Monday, mainly fine, chilly start elsewhere.

"Rain and strong winds spreading northeast on Tuesday, clearing to sun and showers Wednesday. Cool."

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Deputy Meteorologist at the Met Office, Dave Oliver said: “Along with the sometimes heavy rain, strong winds have the potential to cause impacts that are not common in August.

"With this spell of unsettled weather coinciding with trees in full leaf and a peak in the camping season, wind-related impacts are more likely at lower wind speeds compared to other times of the year.”

While the stormy weather should die down towards the weekend, there’s little chance of a return of the scorching heatwave.

Over the next week, maps from Weather Outlook show temperatures will not exceed 23C in London and 18 to 20C for much of the rest of England, with parts of Scotland expected to see maximum temperatures of 15C.

BBC Weather forecasts that temperatures are unlikely to exceed 19 to 21C in London over the next fortnight – a sign that summer could be coming to an end.

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