Strong winds set to hit Northamptonshire


Strong winds are hitting the county this morning amid warnings of gale force gusts.

The Met Office has issued a “yellow” warning for Northamptonshire, amid concerns about potential disruption because of high winds.

Forecasters have warns gusts of up to 70 to 80mph could hit parts of the UK.

Mike Lewis, from Pitsford Hall Weather Station, said: “It’s a dry picture across the county this morning, but the vivid sunrise is indicating that some wild weather is on the way.

“The wind has already picked up to a moderate south-westerly across the county, and this will continue to freshen through the morning veering north-westerly.”

He added: “This wind will tend to ease through the afternoon and into the evening. A dry night will follow with lows falling to 2C.”

The Environment Agency has issued 18 alerts already, including in Essex, Southwold and Thorpeness in Suffolk and in Great Yarmouth.

Gusts of more than 90mph have been recorded in Scotland, with one gust of 92mph recorded at Loch Glascarnoch in the Highlands.

Experts say the gale-force winds threaten to whip up the most serious tidal surge for 30 years.