Batten down the hatches! Windy weather returns for the Channel Islands. What to expect

Credit: Brian Godden

Over the course of the next 24 hours, a series of low pressures are heading towards the islands, and there will be times when we will experience some strong to gale force winds.

The first low pressure cell arrives on Thursday evening, followed by one on Friday night / Saturday, and UK Met have already issued wind warnings for the south coast of the UK on the Saturday, with Jersey Met verbally informing me they will be issuing a Gale warning tonight (Wednesday), warning islanders of gale force winds overnight on Thursday. (It currently appears as though Friday daytime will be a little less windy - a force 6, in the morning, becoming a force 5 later, and then back to a force 6-7 overnight.)

I suspect Jersey Met will then continue the Gale warning as we head into Friday evening, as the next area of low pressure sweeps in from the Atlantic. These winds could become gale force across the land.

This weather is coupled with high spring tides in excess of 9 meters in Guernsey and anticipated significant swell and sea conditions.

It is important to stress though, that this is typical Autumn weather: strong to gale force winds, due to deep area of low pressures, following the jet stream and tracking across the UK and the Channel Islands.

It is certainly important we are made aware of the potential for strong winds at this time for year though, if nothing else to be prepared for leaves on roads and footpaths, and slippery conditions.

I will of course have updates on twitter, and during our forecasts to update you with the warnings issued, but in the meantime, be aware that from tomorrow evening, the winds will increase with no decent period of respite until next week, at the earliest.

And Jersey Marina and Coastguard are also drawing the weather to the attention of boat-owners, stating: