South Shields set for windy weather over weekend - with Storm Erik expected to hit UK

South Shields is bracing itself for windy weather this weekend.

By David Allison
Friday, 8th February 2019, 6:14 am
Updated Friday, 8th February 2019, 11:32 pm
South Shields is expected to see windy weather this weekend.
South Shields is expected to see windy weather this weekend.

The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for the borough between 12.15am and 3pm on Saturday.

Today is expected to see sunny spells throughout the afternoon going into the early evening.

Temperatures today are expected to reach highs of 11 °C and lows of 4 °C.

The warning comes as Storm Erik is set to bring strong gusts and heavy rain to the UK, as the weekend gets off to a wet and windy start.

Exposed coasts of Northern Ireland could see gales of 70mph on Friday morning while heavy rain could lead to flooding in Scotland, the Met Office said.

The stormy weather will result in some "quite nasty travelling conditions", meteorologist Sarah Kent warned.

The Met Office has issued two weather warnings for Friday for strong winds across Northern Ireland and western Scotland until the evening, and for heavy rain in Scotland right through until Saturday afternoon.

Elsewhere, the Welsh and Cornish coasts could see winds of 55mph, while along the coast of southern England gusts could reach 50mph, Ms Kent said.

She added: "It's going to be a noticeably windy day everywhere today.

"And that is going to be in association with outbreaks of heavy rain too, so there will be some quite nasty travelling conditions out there this morning."

While there is expected to be a lull in the fiercest winds on Friday evening, gusts will pick up again around midnight, when a warning for wind will cover Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and much of Northern England.

Winds are expected to ease off by Sunday.