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Weather: Storm Hector rattles through

Storm Hector is now starting to pull away from the UK.

But not before bringing unusually windy conditions for June.

Credit: Garry Hornby

High ground at Great Dun Fell in Cumbria recorded a gust of 100mph!

At lower levels the wind was strong enough to break branched and bring down trees.

Weather: Storm Hector

A very windy spell will develop during Wednesday night in association with a deep area of low pressure, now named Storm Hector.

The strongest winds will reach Northern Ireland during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards across other northern parts of the UK during the morning.

Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph in many areas and possibly around 70 mph in some exposed locations.

Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon.

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Weather: Turning wet and windy

After a spell of calm and mostly warm weather there is a significant change on the way.

Very windy conditions are expected on Thursday with gusts of 50 to 60 mph likely.

The Met Office say:

  • There is a small chance of longer journey times or cancellations as road, rail, air and ferry services are affected
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
  • There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris

Sixty people found in possession of drugs at Eden Festival

Police had a presence at the event. Credit: Police Scotland

Sixty people were found in possession of illegal drugs at the Eden Festival at Raehills, in Dumfries and Galloway, this weekend.

Overall people were "well behaved" according to Police Scotland, although a number of minor public order and nuisance offences were dealt with by officers.

Inspector Claire Walker said "around 60 people were found in possession of illegal drugs and were dealt with accordingly. Two people will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for drugs supply offences. The main drug seized was cannabis and herbal cannabis.”

Great North Swim is a great success

Credit: GNS

8 thousand swimmers took part in the 11th Great North Swim in Windermere.

It's Europe's biggest open water swimming event.

Participants enjoyed a balmy 20 degrees in the water.

It was the first year the event was based at Brockhole having previously been at Low Wood Bay.

Distances ranged from 250 metres to the 10k marathon swim.

Some famous names took part during the 3-day event including Blue Peter presenter Lindsey Russell and double Commonwealth Champion Caitlyn McClatchey.

Amongst the charities that benefited from individual fundraising efforts was the Macmillan cancer charity, over 500 swimmers raised an estimated £155,000.

It’s been an incredible weekend and we’re delighted with the success of our first event at Brockhole. We estimate around 30,000 swimmers and spectators have visited the site over the last three days to enjoy a range of brilliant activities in the sunshine.”

– Alex Jackson, Great Swim Director
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