Met Office issues yellow weather warning as Storm Claudio brings 70mph gales

A wintery week of rain and wind is set to hit this week as the introduction Storm Claudio is expected to bring winds of 70mph.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind for several regions in the south of the UK until Tuesday morning.

Storm Claudio will bring winds of up to 70mph in isolated areas, with heavy rain set to fall alongside the gusts.

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According to the Met Office, a band of rain is expected to dump up to 50 millimetres of water in four hours.

The weather warning reads: "An area of rain will move northwards overnight, turning heavy for a time before clearing away northeast on Tuesday morning.

"While many places are unlikely to see impacts, it is possible that the rain band could become slow moving for a time giving localised accumulations of 20-30 mm in 2 to 3 hours and perhaps 40-50 mm in 3 to 4 hours which could lead to some surface water impacts and delays to transport."

Neil Armstrong, a chief meteorologist spoke on the impact Storm Claudio will have on the UK, given the biggest impacts from it are expected in northern France.

He said: "What it means for us in the UK is for some high winds to be possible along much of the southern coast of England.

"Some isolated and especially exposed coastal areas could see gusts in excess of 70mph, while much of the warning area will see gusts of between 50 and 60mph."

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Areas such as western Wales, North West England and South West Scotland are said to be affected the most by the winds, according to the Met Office.

Deputy chief meteorologist Steven Keates said: "Within the warning area, gusts are expected of between 55 and 65mph.

"In addition to high winds in the warning area, many parts of the UK will experience strong and gusty winds, at least for a time, during Wednesday."


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