80mph gusts expected to cause cross-Solent disruption

The weather warning for strong winds has been extended by the Met Office and is likely to disrupt cross-Solent travel early in the week

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The Met Office have updated the weather warning for Monday bringing forward the start time of the alert.

The warning is now valid from 10am on Monday to midnight on Tuesday and reads:


An area of very strong winds will move eastwards across the UK through Monday, clearing eastwards overnight. The strongest winds are expected around exposed coasts and hills.

Here gusts of 60-70 mph are likely, with a few sites perhaps seeing gusts to 80 mph – especially around Irish Sea coasts and around the west coast of Scotland where the strongest winds are most likely.

Gusts will be lower inland with 45-55 mph likely. A narrow band of squally heavy rain moving east, accompanying the strongest winds, may be an additional hazard.

What to expect

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
  • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves


Strong winds will develop on Tuesday which may bring some disruption.

Southwesterly winds are expected to strengthen across much of England and Wales during Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Gusts of 40 to 50 mph are expected quite widely inland, with exposed coasts and hills having gusts of around 60 mph, perhaps locally 70 mph.

Heavy rain may be an additional hazard in places. Winds will ease from the west during Tuesday night.

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Sunday, 12th January, 2020 11:40am


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