70mph winds and heavy rain forecast for Wales

THE MET OFFICE has issued a yellow warning for 70mph gales across Wales, including Ceredigion. The warning is in place for 24 hours from 7pm this evening [30/03/15].

yellow warningWinds are expected to reach storm force 11 levels at 50mph to 60mph, this rising to 65mph to 70mph levels in exposed spots.

Yellow warnings for heavy rain are also in place. The rain is predicted to be worst in North West Wales, with yellow warnings in place in Conwy and Gwynedd. There are predictions of 20mm of rain falling across North West Wales, with Snowdonia potentially experiencing higher levels of up to 40mm.

The Met Office Chief Forecaster’s assessment was as follows:

“A deepening area of low pressure will move east across northern Scotland during Monday evening, bringing strong westerly winds to many parts of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, England and Wales with gales and locally severe gales in places. A focus for some particularly gusty winds may be adjacent to the Bristol Channel coast during the early hours of Tuesday.

A cold and showery northwesterly airstream will become established for Tuesday, with powerful gusts in and near showers, particularly over Northern Ireland, southwest Scotland and Northern England.”

Spokesman Dan Williams said:

“You could see some localised damage. Certainly anything loose could get blown away and you could see some branches down and perhaps the odd tree if it’s a bit weak might come down. So there’s the potential for some localised disruption.”

Williams also stated that the weather should become calmer as we approach the upcoming Easter Weekend.