UK weather: Met Office issues warnings next week for 'wet and windy' conditions

Emily Mee, news reporter

Wet and windy weather will hit the UK next week, with forecasters predicting that strong gusts could damage trees and power lines and cause travel disruption.

The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for wind, including one for much of England from around midnight on Wednesday until 3pm.

The second warning covers most of Northern Ireland and begins at 3pm on Tuesday, lasting until midnight.

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said there is some "wet and windy weather on the way" for much of the UK.

He said Northern Ireland could experience gusts of 60mph to 70mph, while 50mph to 55mph gusts are expected across England - with coastal areas braced for 60mph to 65mph.

"From those wind gusts we are likely to see travel disruption, it affects the rush hours, and we could see damage to trees and power lines," Mr Dewhurst said.

He added there will be a "band of heavy rain" which pushing south-eastwards, followed by some "very heavy showers" on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to be about average for the time of year, hitting between 8-11C (46.4F-51.8F) - but the wind chill will make it feel colder.

A number of yellow snow warnings are in place on Sunday for parts of central and northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This means there is travel disruption possible early on Sunday morning.

Last week, the highest ever winter temperature was recorded in the UK, reaching 20.3C (69F) in west Wales.

The unseasonably warm weather was brought on by warm air coming up from the Mediterranean.

In comparison, last February's weather saw freezing temperatures and heavy snow in a cold snap dubbed the Beast from the East.