New Year Eve UK WEATHER: 80mph winds may cause ‘danger to life’ as ‘damage to buildings and flying debris’ feared
Gusts so powerful they may be a ‘danger to life’ and cause damage to buildings will batter some parts of the country today. Wind, downpours and ice may blight New Year’s Eve celebrations as gusts reach up to 80mph and up to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in just three hours.
Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland will be worst hit, with an amber weather warning for wind highlighting how gusts will be ‘a danger to life’.
‘There will probably be some damage to buildings such as tiles blown from roofs, with flying debris likely with the possibility of injuries or danger to life,’ the Met Office told Metro.co.uk. ‘In coastal areas large waves are likely as well as beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and perhaps some properties.’ Transport will be affected, including ferry services to and from Northern Ireland.
‘We advise as always in these conditions to take care out. There may be flying debris due to damage to buildings so take care, allow extra time if you a travelling and be prepared for some disruption,’ said Steven Keates, forecaster at Met Office. A less severe, yellow warning, is in place for strong winds in Central, Tayside & Fife, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde, Yorkshire and Humber, north-east England and north-west England today. It is expected the winds of around 65mph will ease from the west. But damage to properties and flying debris, including tiles from roofs, will again be a hazard in these areas.
Meanwhile, heavy rain is expected across much of south-east Wales, south-west England and parts of central and southern England. As much as 40mm of rain will batter some areas in the south-west of England. ‘Flooding on some roads making journey times longer. Flooding of a few homes and businesses is also possible,’ the Met Office added. However, the rain should ease or stop completely in some areas for midnight.
The Met Office said: ‘We expect it will be breezy for the all-important midnight with few showers. London and Edinburgh should be dry by midnight. There may be a small chance of showers in Cardiff and Belfast. ‘There may be showers too in Hull, where there are celebrations for the last night of it’s year as City of Culture. ‘Temperatures will be between 3C and 6C so it’ll be breezy but not the coldest. ‘New Year’s Day should see the best weather of the week as it’ll be a mix of sunshine and showers. It’ll be mild enough to walk off the excesses of tonight certainly.’