UK weather: Brits brace for gales reaching 70mph as Storm Claudio set to batter coast

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Britain is set to be hit with blustery weather in the early hours of Tuesday morning due to the arrival of Storm Claudio. There is a possibility of winds reaching 70mph in some English coastal areas along with showers across England and Wales more generally.

Later on Tuesday, the storm is expected to move eastwards, meaning that much of the country could experience a wet day.

According to the Met Office Wales and areas of southern and central England are expected to have the most rainfall.

Neil Armstrong, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said that the strongest winds are expected in southern England.

He said: “The biggest impacts from Storm Claudio are expected in northern France, which is why it has been named as a system by Meteo-France.

“What it means for us in the UK is for some high winds to be possible along much of the southern coast of England.

“Some isolated and especially exposed coastal areas could see gusts in excess of 70mph, while much of the warning area will see gusts of between 50 and 60mph.”

According to forecasters, the gloomy weather is unlikely to improve in the next few days as low pressure arriving from the west is likely to bring wet and windy days.

It’s likely that areas on the Irish Sea will experience the strongest winds.

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He said: “Within the warning area, gusts are expected of between 55 and 65mph.

“This is associated with low pressure moving towards the northwest of the UK, which is bringing with it some heavy rain on Wednesday, especially across parts of southwest Scotland, Cumbria and western Wales, although much of the UK will see some rain through the day.

“In addition to high winds in the warning area, many parts of the UK will experience strong and gusty winds, at least for a time, during Wednesday.”

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