Hour-by-hour forecast as gusts of winds expected to top 45mph as Storm Bella hits South Shields

A Met Office yellow weather warning remains in place over the Boxing Day weekend with strong gales expected to worsen in South Shields this evening.

The weather warning comes into force at 3pm on Saturday, December 26, until 12pm on Sunday, 27, as Storm Bella hits most of England and Wales.

Forecasters estimate that gusts of wind could hit 46mph in the town with heavy rain expected in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “The strong south-westerly winds will develop across parts of northern England and the far south of Scotland on Saturday afternoon, before transferring south-eastwards across the rest of England and Wales into Sunday morning, clearing by early Sunday afternoon.”

File picture: Strong winds and stormy seas at Sandhaven Beach

It follows calm conditions and sunshine for much of the North East on Christmas Day.

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In South Shields the rain is expected to hold off apart from heavy showers forecast overnight and strong winds are expected to ease with sunny spells forecast throughout Sunday.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Tony Wardle, said: “Very strong winds will impact much of England and Wales, with particularly strong gusts on south west facing coasts.

“Heavy rain will also move in from the north, with heavy downpours through the afternoon in Scotland and Northern Ireland moving south across England and Wales overnight.”

Here’s an hour by hour forecast throughout the weather warning (temperature, conditions, wind gust speed):

Saturday, December 26:

1pm: 8C, overcast, 29mph

2pm: 8C, cloudy, 30mph

3pm: 8C, cloudy, 26mph

4pm: 8C, cloudy, 32mph

5pm: 7C, cloudy, 33mph

6pm: 7C, cloudy, 41mph

7pm: 7C, cloudy, 46mph

8pm: 7C, cloudy, 46mph

9pm: 7C, cloudy, 45mph

10pm: 7C, cloudy, 40mph

11pm: 7C, 60% chance of light rain, 38mph

Sunday, December 27:

12am: 7C, 50% chance of light rain, 34mph

1am: 7C, 90% chance of heavy rain, 31mph

2am: 6C 50% chance of light shower, 27mph

3am: 6C, 60% chance of heavy shower, 25mph

4am: 4C, 80% chance of heavy shower , 31mph

5am: 4C, clear, 26mph

6am: 3C, clear, 28mph

7am: 3C, clear, 27mph

8am: 2C, clear, 23mph

9am: 2C, sunny, 23mph

10am: 3C, sunny intervals, 22mph

11pm: 4C, sunny interval, 23mph

12pm: 4C, cloudy, 23mph

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