Red Severe Weather Warning
The Met office have upgraded the weather warning for Ceredigion to ‘Red’ – The highest level for severe weather warnings which means there is a risk to life and that people in the affected areas should ‘Take Action”
During this afternoon a swathe of exceptionally strong winds is expected to affect western parts of Wales and then some northwestern parts of England this evening, particularly in coastal areas. Winds are expected to gust 80 mph widely and possibly reach 100 mph in the most exposed locations in west and northwest Wales.
Winds of this strength can cause widespread structural damage, bringing down trees and also leading to loss of power supplies. In addition, large waves are likely to affect some coasts. The public should take action to alter their travel arrangements during this spell of storm force winds.
A vigorous area of low pressure is expected to move northeastwards across Ireland and southern Scotland this afternoon and evening. Damaging winds are likely to develop along the southern flank of this area of low pressure, especially in coastal locations.
Coastal areas of west Wales and northwest England are likely to bear the brunt as southwesterly (later westerly) winds widely gust to 80 mph and possibly 100 mph in the most exposed locations. The core of strongest winds will then affect parts of the coast of north Wales and northwest England early evening with peak gusts of 85 mph.
I’ve strapped down the beehives so have taken some sort of action but I’m not really sure what else I can do? Although I am contemplating a wind assisted Strava segment along the Golf Course mile… Surely with a 100mph tailwind I can beat the record?
The weather station here may beat some records too. The current strongest gust recorded was 62.6 knots on 21st Dec 2013 but it is already recording winds of close to 50 knots – time to batten down the hatches in West Wales once again.