Brits face ‘unseasonally strong’ winds as Storm Alex batters nation

Rain set to hit parts of the UK as huge gusts sweep through coastal areas (Image: PA/NOAA)

The UK will face “unseasonal” strong winds later this week, with forecasters warning of gusts of up to 45mph.

Remnants of Storm Alex, a tropical storm in America, will soon spread across the country.

The Met Office said there will be particularly strong winds in some areas of the UK from Thursday.

It will follow heavy rains across much of the country tomorrow.

In America, Storm Alex has already caused major disruption in states like Florida.

Heavy rain fell in several regions over the weekend, including Miami, which reportedly fell more than five inches of rain.

In the UK, lighter rain will move from west to east from Thursday as ex-tropical storm Alex brings low pressure.

Oli Claydon, a spokesman for the Met Office, said: “The wind is the main part of the story – unusually strong winds for the time of year.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock (12965112n) Pedestrians are seen on Westminster Bridge ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which begin June 2-5 to mark Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne in 1952, from Heavy downpours capture seasonal weather, Westminster Bridge, London, UK - 31st May 2022

Rain is expected to sweep across the UK from Thursday (Image: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock)

“We could see gusts of up to 45mph through Friday.

“These types of wind speeds will be fairly limited to the far north-west of the UK.

“But if the low pressure goes across northern Britain by Saturday, a larger area of ​​northern Britain could see these types of wind speeds.

“It’s going to be windy all over the UK, but the further south you go the less impact the low pressure will have.”

Winds are picking up across the UK on Friday with some showers moving to the western parts of the UK, particularly the north-west of the UK which includes Northern Ireland, western Scotland and parts of northern England.

Mr Claydon added that the ex-storm will largely lose strength over the weekend and that “in terms of strength, it doesn’t have its regular tropical characteristics”.

The remnants of Storm Alex follow unpredictable weather across much of the UK.

A wave crashes over Newhaven Lighthouse on West Quay in East Sussex followed by Storm Eunice. Even wetter and windier weather is set to sweep across Britain on Sunday as Storm Franklin is set to hit the UK just days after Storm Eunice destroyed buildings and left 1.4million homes without power. Picture date: Sunday February 20, 2022. PA Photo. The Met Office has issued yellow alerts for wind that could cause further blackouts, transport delays and property damage. Sunday's warnings will cover Wales and most of England from midday to 3pm, and the North West and Northern Ireland from midday to midnight. Identical wind warnings were issued for Monday. See PA story WEATHER Storms. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Strong winds could reach speeds of 45mph, meteorologists have predicted this week (Image: PA)
Storm Alex has already caused rainy and windy conditions across America: (Image: NOAA)

Parts of the country saw mild highs of 22C today after the Queen’s Jubilee weekend.

Rain had managed to spare Thursday and Friday’s celebrations in London, which were enjoyed under a sky full of sunshine.

And although the royal pageant at Buckingham Palace was spared a downpour over the weekend, The much-anticipated Red Arrows screening was canceled due to inclement weather.

Unsettled weather continued into the night and the Met Office issued a yellow warning for rain in eastern parts of England until 4am.

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