Gale force winds buffet Wales

Friday 4 February 2011, 13:08

Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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It's very blustery out there today with strong to severe gale force south-westerly winds buffeting Wales.

Maximum gusts recorded up until 1200 hours today:

  • Aberdaron: 77mph
  • Lake Vyrnwy: 74mph
  • Capel Curig: 66mph
  • Aberporth: 62mph
  • Hawarden: 57mph
  • RAF Valley: 53mph
  • Mumbles Head: 53mph
  • Pembrey: 50mph
  • St Athan: 48mph
  • Bodelwyddan: 47mph
  • Tirabad: 45mph
  • Trawsgoed: 43mph
  • Milford Haven: 42mph
  • Cardiff Airport: 39mph

The strong to gale force winds will continue during the rest of today and tonight. So if you're travelling to Cardiff for the big rugby match this evening take care, driving conditions will be tricky, especially for high sided vehicles with strong cross winds and speed restrictions on some bridges.

More strong winds are likely in south Wales tomorrow. In the north, the wind should ease tomorrow, falling light for a time, but the wind is predicted to pick-up again during Sunday afternoon and evening becoming fresh to strong.

Further rain and drizzle is expected over the weekend too, especially in the north and west and mid Wales. The rain heaviest on the hills, the Cambrian Mountains and in Snowdonia with a few inches of rain likely by the end of the weekend.

See the latest severe weather warnings from the Met Office website.

Next week, more rain is forecast on Monday with a risk of localised flooding but there is light at the end of the tunnel, Tuesday should be much drier and brighter; colder too with light winds, some mist and a slight frost.

Derek

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    We live near Llanfair Caereinion, 800 feet up, and have rarely experienced such strong winds in the last 25 years. It's causing havoc with our slate roofs and it's impossible to stand up outside! We're mystified that the Met Office seems to be underplaying the severity of the weather and worry that our insurers will query our claim because the windspeeds and gusts are much lower than the reality.

 

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