The Met Office has forecasted heavy winds up to 60mph for parts of the Channel coast, south-west England, west Wales. Strong winds and heavy rainfall is worsening the situation with severe weather warnings in several places all over the UK.
All motorists have been warned to avoid unnecessary travel because of poor driving conditions. There is a problematic condition to cross-Channel ferries and train lines in Scotland. Several outdoor events and festivals have been canceled.
Most parts of the UK is in a yellow warning for the whole Friday. A spokesman for the Met Office said the day started with heavy rain and thunderstorms in south-western England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
“That will transfer eastwards over the next few hours, causing poor driving conditions in places,” he added. As predicted by the Met Office, 10-15mm of rain is widely expected, with as much as 30mm expected in a day affecting regions.
The yellow warning for wind, covering parts of Wales and south-west and southern England, lasts from 15:00 BST until midnight. A similar warning affects most of England and Wales for the whole of Saturday.
Additionally, it has also warned of thunderstorms over the weekend which may lead to flooding, road closures and power cuts for Northern Ireland, most of Scotland and northern parts of England.
Neil Armstrong, the chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Summer storms – compared with those in autumn and winter – always have the potential to create additional impacts because more people are likely to be outdoors, especially by the coast.”
The drivers have been requested by Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England, to check conditions before traveling.
“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans, and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible,” he said.