WEATHER WATCH ISSUED: STRONG WINDS
Region: North West England
Valid from: 20:00 (Tuesday 2/1/18)
Valid to: 13:00 (Wednesday 3/1/18)
A yellow weather watch has been issued for STRONG WINDS.
A rapidly deepening area of low pressure named Storm Eleanor, will track east through the region later today, bringing a spell of gales or severe gales. The areas most at risk will come across Irish Sea coasts and elevated areas across the region where gusts could reach in excess of 60 to 70 mph, perhaps in excess of 70 mph in the most exposed areas. Inland low lying areas could see gusts around 40 to 55 mph which will bring the risk of disruption across the travel network including branches on train lines, downed trees, downed power lines and bridge closures.
Our bespoke chart below highlights wind gusts above 40 mph along with a pressure chart for that given time frame and shows the deepening low nicely. Also we have added the wind gust values for you but as ever these totals are for guidance only and not the actual totals we may receive. This may fluctuate either way yet as the strength and areas affected may still change, given the complex nature of deepening lows.
In addition to the strong winds, heavy and squally rain will push in later tonight and with rain amounts from the previous days already high, some surface flooding is possible in the most prone areas. Furthermore some squally line features may develop later tonight which can produce locally torrential rainfall and strong down-bursts of convective winds which could bring the risk of structural damage, these features however are very brief in nature and will not affect all areas.
As ever I’ll monitor the situation closely and update further when necessary so please keep posted across all our social media outlets.