London trains disrupted by strong winds as Met Office issue yellow weather warning
Commuters faced travel chaos on Monday as strong winds caused severe disruption on rail and Tube services in the capital.
Heavy rain and gale force winds are battering the capital - and may get worse - as temperatures plummet across the UK.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning from 10am to 6pm on Monday amid fears strong winds could lead to widespread travel disruption.
Forecasters warned Londoners to expect winds of up to 55mph between mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
The Met warns that “some short term loss of power and other services is possible” and has told commuters to expect “delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport”.
On Monday morning there were severe delays on the Metropolitan Line due to an obstruction blowing onto the track near Pinner.
Severe delays were also reported at 11am on both the Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines due to an obstruction on the tracks.
Services on the Chiltern Main Line were delayed by up to 30 minutes after a tree fell and blocked the railway between Wembley Stadium and London Marylebone.
There is currently no service on the Chiltern between Harrow on the Hill and Aylesbury as there is a tree blocking the pathway on the track.
🦺 We’re currently on site and working to clear the fallen tree debris so we can allow trains to safely run again
We’re really sorry to passengers delayed by this incident this morning
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— Chiltern Main Line (@NetworkRailCML) March 13, 2023
Temperatures in the capital are expected to remain at around 13C throughout the day before tumbling to as low as 6C overnight.
Further spells of rain are expected overnight but the strong winds should ease by Tuesday morning.
It follows warnings that Britons in other parts of the UK should brace for a fresh wave of ice and snow from Monday.
After milder conditions on Sunday morning, the Met Office issued a yellow warning for snow and ice for northern and central areas.
The weather alert, in place from 5pm today until 10am tomorrow, covers all of Scotland, parts of Wales and extends as far as Stoke-on-Trent in England.
The Met Office said: "Wintry showers will continue through Tuesday, although by mid-morning the temperature on most roads will likely have risen sufficiently to reduce the risk of further accumulating snow or ice."
It said rain, sleet, snow and then ice were likely to affect travel.