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Brace yourselves for gale force winds and lashing rain

A person struggles with an umbrella in high winds Photo: Reuters

Brace yourselves. Most of us will be battered with unseasonably strong, gusty winds and extensive wet weather in the next 48 hours.

It’ll feel more like Autumn rather than Summer as a deepening low pressure system sweeps in from the south-west – quite unusual for this time of year.

The south-west will see the most severe conditions today with gusts of 70mph lashing exposed areas of Cornwall and Devon this afternoon.

Waves crash against a lighthouse. Credit: Reuters

The rest of the south-west will be prone to gusty winds and coastal gales - bringing a risk of travel disruption, damage to infrastructure and potential to bring down branches and trees heavy in full leaf.

The windy, wet weather will extend northwards to most areas before the end of the day, the strongest winds buffering southern coastal counties. The pouring rain this afternoon will make for tricky driving conditions with lots of surface water and spray on the roads and poor visibility.

No let up will be staying windy. Expect some blown inside out brollies, blown down bunting and bad hair days.

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