Message from the Met Office Advisor - Storm Ciara

Updated Strong Wind Warning for Sunday as Ciara Storms Through

Good afternoon,

Whilst the main focus is on the weekend weather it is worth mentioning that for us in the East Midlands the continuing settled weather doesn't come without a few issues. Under clear skies tonight, some fog patches may form and in the coldest spots some frosty spots are possible too – just a couple of points to bear in mind for the Friday commute.

Tomorrow the wind will begin to increase from a southwesterly direction so any fog will soon lift and clear. Thickening cloud will lead to some light and patchy rain for a short time during the evening.

After a brief lull overnight the wind will resume its steady increase through Saturday as an area of low pressure out in the Atlantic intensifies.

By midnight on Saturday night the winds will be blowing around 50 to 60 mph across the East Midlands and hence why we have named this weather event Storm Ciara. Although the warning mentions 70 mph along the coast this applies largely to west coasts but the odd gust in the region of 70 mph across exposed higher parts of the Peak District should not be ruled out.

The yellow warning of strong winds issued earlier this week, valid for the whole of Sunday has been updated and is now a LOW likelihood of MEDIUM impacts which means that:

  • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible
  • Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • Power cuts may occur with the potential to affect other services such as mobile phone coverage

During Sunday afternoon (on current timings) there will be numerous showers around but the rain is more likely to be horizontal, passing through very quickly. However the showers will increase the gustiness of the wind and for anyone out and about (but especially at height) it will be very challenging. Even at low levels in urban areas the wind will take the path of least resistance funnelling between buildings with the potential to lift and carry loose objects in transit. So watch out for trampolines, wheelie bins, branches on the road, garden furniture all which when untethered could be an unwanted hazard both for motorists and pedestrians. All in all a very windy/blustery Sunday.

The wind will decrease to take us below a warning threshold on Monday but it will still be windy and as the wind nudges to blow from a northwesterly point it will feel decidedly colder especially taking into account the windchill factor. That said showers on Monday will be generally of rain but again, as on Sunday, passing through quickly.

Remaining unsettled further into next week but becoming relatively less windy.

This weekend will bring some of the strongest winds we have seen for sometime and may pose some significant issues.

To be updated tomorrow to include the week ahead and the latest on the detail for Sunday.

Posted: Fri, 07 Feb 2020 10:16 by Maureen Holliday

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