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Warning as ex-hurricane Ophelia's tail approaches Wales

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A yellow 'be aware' warning of gales across much of Wales starts at noon with the approach of ex-hurricane Ophelia's tail.

The Met Office says gusts of up to 80 miles an hour could hit the coast. Some ferry services between Holyhead and Ireland have already been cancelled.

The warning ends at midnight.

'Be aware' warning issued for North Wales

The warning is valid until 3pm. Credit: Met Office/PA

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning of heavy rain for parts of North Wales.

It says up to 80mm (3ins) could fall on hills. That may lead to some flooding. It says spray and surface water on roads may make journey times longer.

Meanwhile gale force winds are sweeping the area. The Britannia Bridge has a 30mph speed limit imposed. Drivers with caravans and motorcyclists are being advised not to cross the bridge.


Severe weather warning for south and mid Wales coast

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The Met Office says a spell of very strong westerly winds is likely during Monday morning, probably peaking around or just before the busy travel period.

Some delays to travel are likely, with some journeys taking longer than usual. Delays are likely for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges.

Some short term loss of power is also possible. The worst of the winds should gradually ease later in the morning, although some strong gusts may persist into the afternoon.

Areas affected:

  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly
  • Cardiff
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Swansea
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • Ceredigion
  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Monmouthshire
  • Torfaen

Severe weather warning: rain and high winds

The warning is valid until 7pm Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Archive/PA Images

Large parts of Wales are being warned to expect heavy rain and high winds.

The Met Office says they could mean difficult travel conditions, as the summer holiday season starts for some. Standing water and spray may make journeys longer, and could lead to minor surface water flooding. Winds could be sufficiently strong to cause some bridge restrictions, and bring down branches from trees.

The areas affected. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says conditions could also be hazardous for those engaged in outdoor activities.

'Be aware' warning for second day of thunderstorms

The warning runs until 10pm. Credit: DPA DEUTSCHE PRESS-AGENTUR/DPA/PA Images

The Met Office says thunderstorms, with locally torrential downpours will continue to move north across Wales this morning.

Although the thunderstorms will tend to ease from the south later further, possibly severe storms may break out again this afternoon, probably focused over parts of northeast Wales.

Although some places will miss the thunderstorms, there is a chance of localised sudden flooding of homes, businesses and roads. Frequent lightning and large hail may be additional hazards, the latter bringing potential for disruption to power network

Heavy rain warning for parts of South Wales and Powys

The warning is valid until 10pm. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

The Met Office says there could be 'tricky driving conditions' as heavy is forecast for parts of South Wales and Powys.

It has issued a 'be aware' warning with up to 40mm (over 1.5 inches) expected in places.

Areas affected:

  • Carmarthenshire
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Caerphilly
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff
  • Swansea
  • Vale of Glamorgan


Heavy rain and thunder set to interrupt sunny spell

A 'be aware' warning runs from lunchtime to 9pm. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/PA Images

Torrential rain and thundery showers are expected to bring an abrupt end to the sunny spell in parts of Wales.

With much of the country enjoying bright sunshine and the mercury hitting a high of 27C on Monday a yellow warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office for Tuesday.

It covers most of Wales except for the West and South East.

Forecasters say there's the risk of hail and localised flooding.

Storm Jake set to bring snow, ice and 70mph winds

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Forecasters say ice, snow and 70mph winds are set to blight the Wednesday morning commute as Storm Jake sweeps in.

The Met Office has issued yellow 'be aware' warnings for snow and ice for much of north Wales with up to 5cm expected in many places, rising to 10cm on higher ground.

There is a yellow warning of wind covering south Wales as squally weather arrives from 8am, bringing widespread inland gusts of up to 50mph and coastal gales of 70mph.

The A55 Britannia Bridge and the A477 Cleddau Bridge were closed to high-sided vehicles. There's a 20mph speed limit on the former. One lane's closed on the M48 Severn Bridge in both directions and there's a 40 mph speed limit.

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