Britain was blasted by Storm Barra yesterday as strong winds, heavy rain and even snow affected every corner of the United Kingdom. However, Britons are expected to face yet another day of Met Office weather warnings on Wednesday with a yellow wind warning starting in Anglesey in north Wales, curling around Cornwall, before stretching along to Portsmouth in Hampshire.
The Met Office’s senior operational meteorologist Rachel Ayers told Express.co.uk gusts are expected to be as strong as 45 to 50mph.
But these could be stronger in coastal areas.
Ms Ayers explained: “We could see some gusts a bit stronger than this 55 to 60mph for exposed coastal locations.”
It is thought winds could affect transport links across the country, particularly in coastal areas affected by Wednesday’s weather warning.
Ms Ayers said: “The strong winds could lead to further delays for road, rail, ferry transport with bus and train services potentially being affected.”
She added: “We could see coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities being affected by spray and large waves.”
When asked whether the blustery conditions could give Britain a December dip through a wind chill effect, the Met Office’s senior operational meteorologist said: “When the actual temperatures are really 7 or 8C we are actually going to feel more like 1 or 2C.”
Similarly to yesterday, the Met Office has advised drivers to avoid making unnecessary journeys in areas affected by the yellow wind warning.
Ms Ayers argued: “The key thing is there are still going to be strong winds through today and to keep travel to a minimum in that warning area if it’s not essential.”
Despite Wednesday’s yellow wind warning, conditions are expected to calm by the end of the week.
“Thursday is looking like a much calmer day with lighter winds, showers or longer spells of rain in places and some dry and brighter spells for a time before we get another band of rain moving in from the west.”
By Friday, Britain is forecast to experience a “generally showery and breezy day but with some brighter spells”.
“Showers will be most frequent across northern and western parts with some hail and potentially a bit of thunder at times as well.”
However, this could include hail and snow in parts of Scotland and the west on Thursday and Friday.
When asked if hail could prove a problem for drivers, Ms Ayers said: “It could still cause some disruption particularly after the strong winds that we’ve had on Tuesday, so we could still see some disruption through the day but probably not quite as much as we’ve had through yesterday.”
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Temperatures are expected to fall “slightly below average” during the week but the weekend could see milder conditions, particularly in the south of England.
“For Friday morning we could see a slightly more widespread risk of frost, mostly across the north half of the UK, as we see wind probably start to ease and clear spells.”
As frost reaches Britain on Friday, temperatures are forecast to drop to as low as -1C in parts of the north of England.
This could also bring in a limited build-up of ice in places.
However, Ms Ayers stressed rain and winds continue to pose a greater problem for Brits.
“I think the biggest impact is going to be any heavy downpours, heavy showers and strong winds,” she said.