Met Office puts regions in all 4 nations on alert for 70mph winds

BBC Weather: UK set for sunshine and heavy showers

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Gusty winds of up to 70mph and heavy bands of rain are now at the centre of three separate Met Office yellow weather warnings, each spanning large parts of south west England, London and the south east, Wales, Northern Ireland and a part of north west Scotland. The warnings have been issued this morning but will not be activated until later on this evening, where a series of “unpleasant autumn conditions” will take hold across parts of the country. More than 17 local authority areas in the south west and Wales have been told to watch out for both wind and rain, with a chance of hail and lightning. The Met Office said: “A band of rain and gusty winds will move east during Monday evening. For most this will simply be a period of normal, unpleasant autumn conditions.

“However, for some a short period of very heavy rain and very strong winds is possible bringing gusts of 50-60 mph temporarily and perhaps 70 mph on some exposed coasts as well as 20 mm of rain within an hour. There is also a chance of hail and lightning in a few places as an additional hazard.”

It says there will be a short period of very heavy rain and squally winds likely to cause some disruption from 6pm to midnight in these areas, which may also stretch across Hampshire, London and the south east.

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