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Weather warnings in place for north and east England

Strong winds are expected to continue to batter the north Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning as strong winds continue to hit parts of the UK.

Gusts of up to 50-60mph are forecast for the North East and North West of England, Yorkshire and Humber, the Midlands and the East of England.

Northwesterly gales are also forecast for Scotland and Northern Ireland and north Wales.

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Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford Crossing closed due to high winds

The A282 Dartford Crossing Queen Elizabeth II Bridge has been closed to all vehicles due to strong winds, the Highways Agency said.

All southbound traffic is being diverted via the east bore (the high tunnel).

Chiltern Railways said services between Aylesbury and London Marylebone have been suspended because of a tree on the line between Moor Park and Amersham.

Weather: Heavy winds of up to 60mph expected

It'll be windy everywhere today with gales in places, especially near northwestern coasts where wind gusts could exceed 60 miles per hour.

Britain is set for heavy winds of up to 60 mph today. Credit: Met Office

However, the gales we've seen across parts of southern England and Wales will ease slightly during this morning.

It'll also be chilly with a mix of sunshine and scattered showers.

The showers will be heaviest and most frequent in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland with a wintry mix of rain, sleet, snow, hail and thunder in many places.

The snow will settle over some hills, although not in any great quantities.

The best of the sunshine will be in the south and southeast of England where temperatures will reach 12 Celsius.

Temperatures in the north will reach 7 degrees at best but they'll drop by several degrees during any showers.

Britain braced for more strong winds after overnight gales

Britain is braced for more windy conditions on Tuesday after gales of up to 70 mph hit the country overnight.

Parts of Britain experienced gales of up to 70 mph last night. Credit: PA Wire

Parts of north Wales, the Bristol Channel and East Anglia experienced high winds of up to 70mph overnight and forecasters have warned that it will "stay a pretty windy day" with winds of around 60 mph expected.

Motorists have been warned of "difficult" driving conditions with a yellow be aware warning for wind in place for much of the day.

Yesterday, Britons were told to give up hopes of a sunny Easter break, with forecasters warning of rain, wind and even snow before the weekend.

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Weather: Bright conditions for most on Monday

Many places will be bright for a time this morning but across Scotland there will be further wintry showers with some sunshine in between.

Many places will see bright weather on Monday. Credit: Met Office

Cloud, rain and strong winds will spread into Northern Ireland this morning and then spill eastwards through the afternoon and evening to all but Northern Scotland, where the showers will continue.

Gales will develop around many coasts but especially in the west and southwest.

Top temperature 12 Celsius (54F).

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