Met Office weather warning: ‘Severe’ 75mph gales threaten travel chaos and power blackouts

Severe gales this morning will persist for several hours before wind slowly begins to ease a little later this afternoon. Gusts of 70 to 75 miles per hour are possible in a few places, most likely over parts of the Outer Hebrides. The Met Office warns that some delays to road, air and ferry transport are likely, as well as delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges. It adds that there will be some short term loss of power and other services, and is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by large waves.

Strathclyde is also on the Met Office warning list with similar conditions.
Elsewhere, the forecast suggests the weather will be mostly mild, dry and sunny.

There will be sunny spells for most areas with much of eastern, southern and central UK dry for much of the time.

More unsettled, and windier, in the northwest where some showers and also coastal gales, especially northwest Scotland.

Tonight will be more unsettled with evening showers and rain in the northwest and southeast becoming more widespread overnight when many see some rain at times.

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Yesterday was the mildest New Year’s Eve on record with 15.8C (60.4F) being reached at Merryfield in Somerset, and Nantwich, Cheshire.

Now as people wake up from New Year’s celebrations they can expect another warm day with temperatures in the teens and a possible new record.

Friday saw temperatures reaching 15.8C that beat the previous record of 14.8C, which was reached in Colwyn Bay in 2011, and it was warm throughout the country.

Forecasters at the Met Office have said temperatures may again get into the mid-teens and could topple the record of 15.6C for New Year’s Day.

Forecaster Craig Snell said: “It’s not out of the realms of possibility.

“It is the first time since December 2016 that we have had three consecutive days reach 15C. It has been a prolonged mild spell.”

He added: “It may break records (for New Year’s Day), but I was much more confident we would see record-breaking temperatures on New Year’s Eve because the record for New Year’s Day is a bit higher.”

He ended: “It will still be an exceptionally mild start to 2022.”

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On Friday, Somerset House in London confirmed it would be closing its ice rink on New Year’s Day due to warmer temperatures.

A spokesperson for Somerset House tweeted: “Skate update: Due to the effect of the on-going warm temperatures on the quality of the ice, we have had to make the difficult decision to also close our ice rink on 1 January.”

They added: “All customers are being contacted directly and given a full refund.”

Temperatures remain way above the norm today and there will be rain in places.

However, things begin to change by Sunday and the early part of next week is looking a lot colder.

According to the latest WX Charts, heavy snow is predicted to fall by midnight on January 12.

Up to 10 inches of snow (27cmm) will blast the north of England including in Newcastle and Northumberland.

Scotland and the Highlands will also see up to five inches of snowfall as temperatures also plummet to below zero.

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