Brits face 70mph winds with severe weather warnings in place across UK

Britain faces up to 70mph winds with yellow weather warnings covering all of England and Wales.

Forecasters are predicting a "fairly major" weather system with the spring weather set to end "abruptly".

Many Brits enjoyed sunny conditions with daffodils blossoming across the country on Tuesday.

Now huge gales are set to batter all of England and Wales where the Met Office's yellow weather warnings are in force from 9pm on Wednesday until 3pm Thursday.

Its forecast for Wednesday says: “Rain continuing over England and particularly Wales with a drier period over Scotland and Northern Ireland, though rain returning here from the southwest during the day.

“Windy with coastal gales.”

The RNLI has warned of the "severe safety risk" caused by the wind and heavy showers in exposed cliffs, seafronts or piers.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, on Tuesday told the Express: “This is a fairly major system which we expect to affect the UK from today into Wednesday, it may be something we issue a warning for.

“We are expecting severe gale-force gusts in exposed regions later on today and into Wednesday.

“This system, which is a double-barrelled low-pressure organisation, has got some venom and is going to keep people on their toes.

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“It is safe to say the tranquillity we have enjoyed through the start of the month is about to come to an abrupt end.”

Safety warnings have been issued for coastal areas of England and Wales as winds of up to 70mph are forecast.

The Met Office has warned the windy weather could spark delays to transport and short-term loss of power and other services.

Gusts could reach 60-70mph on coasts and hills, especially in the west, before gradually easing on Thursday afternoon, forecasters added.

The Met office has said a jet stream is moving across the UK for the remainder of the week – bringing showers and strong winds.

It tweeted: "As the jet stream moves across the UK, we're in for some wet and very windy weather."

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The RNLI charity's head of water safety Gareth Morrison said: "We would encourage everyone to follow the latest Government guidelines on what they are able to do and where they are able to go during lockdown, but for anyone visiting a coastal area please understand the risks to be as safe as possible and not put unnecessary strain on front line services.

"In a normal year around 150 people lose their lives at the coast and we know that more than half of those never intended to be in the water.

"So, whether you are walking, running or cycling at the coast, please be extra responsible and avoid taking unnecessary risks or entering the water.

"In particular, we ask people to stay well back from stormy, wintry seas and cliff edges, check tide times before you go, take a phone with you, and call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard if you or someone else is in trouble."

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