Britain set to be rocked by 80mph gales this weekend

Britain set to be rocked by 80mph gales and SNOW this weekend as the Met Office issues yellow weather warnings for wind – with travel chaos and power cuts predicted

  • Wind speeds are set to hit 80mph across northern England and Scotland later in the week
  • The Met Office has issued weather warnings for wind in Scotland on Friday and across the UK Saturday 
  • Higher ground will face wintry showers and Met Office said there will be ‘some hill snow at times’ 
  • Temperatures around the country will mostly stay above freezing with the mercury hitting 7C on average

Snow flurries and gales up to 80mph are set to rock the UK this weekend as the Met Office issues yellow weather warnings and predicts travel chaos and power cuts for the entire country on Saturday. 

Wintry showers and hill snow will hit the UK later this week as temperatures plunge and gales reach up to 80mph in Scotland and northeastern areas. 

Today most of the country will be ‘mostly dry and rather cloudy’ with ‘the odd light shower’ but more severe weather is due closer to the weekend.

The Met Office has warned the extreme wind could cause disruption – including power cuts – later in the week, with delays to train travel expected ‘because there are still leaves on the trees’. 

Warnings on the weather forecaster’s website claim ‘there is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs’ and ‘there is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close’. 

Temperatures around the country will mostly stay above freezing, with the average at 7C, although the mercury will fall below 0C overnight in Scotland. According to the BBC, a band of rain ‘will sink south-eastwards across northern areas’ before clearing up.

It said the showers will turn ‘wintry over high ground’, with the Met Office agreeing there will be ‘some hill snow at times’ later this week. 

A spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Showers could fall as snow over higher ground in Scotland. It’ll be windy in north and western Scotland. That cold front sticks through day and brings cold to rest of UK with widespread frost behind the cold front.’ 

Winds could reach speeds of up to 46mph in Stornoway, Scotland, on Thursday before showers and ‘occasional longer spells of rain’ drench the UK at the end of the week. Pictured, the sun rises over Dunsden, Oxfordshire this morning

Showers will turn ‘wintry over high ground’, with the Met Office agreeing there will be ‘some hill snow at times’ later this week. Pictured, frost covered leaves in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

He added: ‘The cold front is just lingering over the south at this point. There will be showers in northern Scotland and a chance of snow across high ground but it probably will not be settling. 

‘It is mostly dry elsewhere. In the evening the rain moves into the northwest. There could be some snow on the edge of that in the cold air but it’ll quickly turn to rain as it moves to Scotland and warmer air comes across.’

He said there will be a change on Friday, and weather warnings were put out at 9.51am of ‘strong winds’. ‘A low pressure area brings strong winds and heavy rains to northern parts of the UK and spreads to a wider area of the UK through Saturday.’

‘Along with the wind we’ve got heavier rain in north England and south Scotland. Later on Friday that could start to fa;l as snow over the highlands, which is not unusual for the end of November. 

‘Later in the evening wet and windy weather spreads south. There might be the odd snow flurry in the south but it’s unlikely to settle. It’s wet and increasingly windy across large parts of the UK. Peak gust speed is 80mph and it is windy after a mild November. There are still leaves on trees so it could cause disruption’. 

Good Morning Britain’s forecast added that it would be ‘clear, cold and frosty’ with ‘Scotland and Northern Ireland clouding over’ and the ‘return of snow later this week’.

A Met office forecaster said Friday would be ‘cold and unsettled with showers and occasional longer spells of rain’ as well as ‘often windy, with potential for severe gales in the west on Friday and Saturday.’ 

The BBC’s monthly forecast for November says ‘a surge of colder Icelandic air will spill across the UK over the final 10 days of November’ and this could linger into the beginning of December. 

‘A secondary push of colder Icelandic air’ is expected late next week, which will further drop temperatures’ the forecast states, adding that ‘sharp frosts may occur during some evenings late in the week’.

As temperatures drop, ‘a few spells of rain showers and even some patchy snow showers’ may hit the UK, mainly in Scotland, with winds also experiencing an uptick as the week progresses.  

November has seen warmer than normal temperatures so far, particularly in parts of eastern Scotland, which are expected to continue until the end of the weekend. 

The calm conditions have been cited as one of the reasons why so many migrants are successfully crossing the English Channel from northern France. 

BBC forecasters said while some showers over high ground in Scotland could fall as snow, it is not believed any significant accumulations will arrive.

Forecasters added that conditions for snow to fall are ‘quite specific’ and the likelihood of it falling in Britain will become clearer closer to the time.    

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