Yellow weather warning as North East told to brace itself for gales as strong as 70mph
The North East has been told to brace itself for windy weather which could reach around 70mph and up to 80mph after the Met Office issued a yellow warning.
The notice runs from 5am to 9pm on Tuesday, January 7, with higher areas told to expect the worst of the conditions, which could include “strong gusts” across the north.
It warns there could be a small chance of injuries and danger to life from “large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.”
These include the likelihood of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected.
It also says some roads and bridges could close.
The forecasters add injuries and danger to life could occur from flying debris as well as some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.
Meanwhile, there is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
The day is expected to begin with some showers with cloud cover, with the temperature likely to be around 13C.
The Met Office says it will also affect areas of Scotland, as well as Cumbria and North Yorkshire.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “The most likely scenario is for the strong or very strong winds to develop across coastal parts of northern and western Scotland, with strong gusts across parts of northern England, central and eastern Scotland.
“Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are possible, with potentially 70 to 80 mph gusts around some of the most exposed coastal sites.”
The forecast for Monday suggests the week will begin with a mild but cloudy day, when rain will clear in the east, with brighter and sunny spells and a temperature of 9C.
The windy weather will be followed on Wednesday with a mostly dry day with sunny spells, with the temperature to be around 8C.
Beyond then, it will stay unsettled with a suggestion showers could turn to snow over higher ground in the north.