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Anglia Weather: Warning of wind this weekend

The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for wind this weekend. The warning, which advises the public to 'be aware' of strong winds, will be valid between 9am on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

According to the Chief Meteorologist:

A blustery weekend is expected across England and Wales with winds strengthening from the west on Saturday morning. Gusts around coastlines exposed to the westerly or southwesterly winds could reach 60 mph at times. Inland gusts will be less frequent but could still reach 50 to 55 mph.

– Met Office Chief Meteorologist
Yellow warning for wind, valid 9am on Saturday until 6pm on Sunday. Credit: Met Office

There is the potential for disruption locally due to the strong winds. After a sunny start to the weekend, it will turn increasingly unsettled with cloud and blustery rain or showers at times.

Met Office mean sea level pressure chart for midday Saturday. Credit: Met Office


Coastal flood alert for East Anglia downgraded

There were high seas and waves crashing over the sea wall at Bacton and Walcott over the weekend. Credit: Eric Smith

The risk of coastal flooding in East Anglia on Wednesday and Thursday has been downgraded to 'very low'.

It was feared high tides could coincide with strong northerly winds to created a tidal surge with the risk of some flooding at the coast.

The Environment Agency now says: "The forecast risk of flooding across England and Wales for today and the next two days is very low."


Wintry showers and winds gusting at more than 50 mph

The Anglia region has been hit by strong winds and blustery wintry showers as a brief Arctic blast affects the UK.

Winds gusted to 56 mph at 10am on Saturday at Weybourne in Norfolk.

A dusting of wet snow was reported at Hitchin in Hertfordshire along with 4 mm of rain.

A tree blown down at Roxton in Bedfordshire close to the A1 Black Cat roundabout. Credit: Steve Ramsay

A tree was blown down at Roxton in Bedfordshire close to the A1 Black Cat roundabout.

Steve Ramsay stopped to clear debris with the help of another passer-by and they placed a high-vis jacket on the stump to warn other road users.

In Norfolk, the A1076 Gayton Road in King's Lynn is closed both ways due to fallen tree between Winston Churchill Drive East and Winston Churchill Drive West.

The road is closed after the tree came down just after 10am on Saturday near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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A tree blown down at Roxton in Bedfordshire close to the A1 Black Cat roundabout. Credit: Steve Ramsay

Highest wind gusts in the Anglia region at 9am on Saturday 21 November 2015

  • 54 mph at Holbeach, Lincolnshire
  • 48 mph at Marham, Norfolk
  • 44 mph at Bedford
  • 36 mph at Andrewsfield near Braintree, Essex
  • 32 mph at Shoeburyness, Essex

Storm Barney could bring 70mph wind gusts to the Anglia region

The first autumn storm of the season to head for the Anglia region is forecast to hit late on Tuesday. Winds during Storm Barney are forecast to gust up to 70 mph with the power to bring down trees and cause disruption.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds for the East of England for late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening.

The video shows a Met Office animated forecast sequence indicating rainfall and pressure. Where the pressure lines are closest together is where the strongest winds are expected to blow.

Storm Barney is the second storm to be named under the "name our storms" project by the Met Office and Met Eireann, which asked the public to suggest names.

Last week, Storm Abigail left more than 20,000 homes without power and schools closed in Shetland and the Western Isles as it swept across Scotland.

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