UK set to be battered by weekend gales, but North East should escape the worst of it

Windy weather set to hit

Windy weather set to hit

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Strong winds are set to batter Britain this weekend, but the North East should escape the worst of it.

The weather will bring a blustery end to the recent sunny spell.

Heavy and perhaps thundery at times

Met Office

Gusts of around 60mph are expected along exposed coastlines with the South West and South East forecast to be worst affected.

Campers and those hoping to enjoy their weekend outdoors have been warned to be careful amid “unseasonably strong” winds, and travellers are being warned of possible disruption to transport.

The conditions are expected to be accompanied by “heavy, blustery showers”, the Met Office said.

The forecaster has issued a yellow weather warning for southern parts of Wales, the West Midlands, the South East, South West and east of England, as winds inland are expected to reach 45mph.

Temperatures are expected to drop from a high of 28C earlier this week to the low 20s or high teens in many parts.

In the North East on Saturday, The Met Office said, it will be: “Often rather cloudy, with a blustery breeze, although a few brighter intervals are possible. Occasional showers are likely, turning heavy and perhaps thundery at times.”

The outlook for Sunday is breezy with heavy showers.