Met Office release dramatic weather warning map covering most of UK

There is a danger to life from fierce winds buffeting Britain this week just days before Christmas. The gales hurtling into the UK from Norway represent a “danger to life” as large waves and debris will crash into sea fronts, coastal roads and properties. The winds also post and added danger to road travel.

Rail and ferry journeys could also be affected by cancellations as a result of the winds, which have led to a yellow weather warning covering a huge portion of the country. Exposed areas in the North of England and Scotland are set to be the worst affected.

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Winds are expected to reach 80pmh in these areas. Other parts of the country will be slammed with gales of 60pmh and 70mph.

The yellow weather warning covers Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North of England and parts of the East and West Midlands. It is in place from midnight Wednesday night, to 9pm on Thursday.

A Met Office meteorologist warned that northern parts of the UK will be worst affected on Thursday. The dangerous weather is caused by low pressure over Norway and high pressure in the Atlantic meeting and pushing gale-force winds over the UK.

They told the MailOnline: “It’s across northern parts that we’re going to see the strongest winds. Across northern areas, 50 to 60 miles per hour winds are quite likely.

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“Even perhaps 70 to 80 in some exposed spots over the higher ground. Also in the east we’re going to see some strong gusty winds, perhaps 60 to 70 miles per hour affecting parts such as the Pennines and Sheffield.

“We could have some pretty strong winds as we go through Thursday and it’s no surprise that we do have a warning out currently. It affects many parts of the UK and is valid for pretty much the whole of Thursday.

“At this time of year many people will be taking to the roads with a lot more travel happening so that could cause some problems.”

As for today, rain will start to clear southeastwards from England and Wales, leaving a largely dry, bright and breezy afternoon. Scotland and Northern Ireland will some sunshine and the occasional shower.

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The Met Office have also confirmed they believe we will likely see a White Christmas this year – although only in Scotland. Elsewhere will be relatively mild, although temperatures will lower and there may be wintry showers later on during the festive week.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “As we head towards the end of next week and the festive period there is, as always, more uncertainty in the forecast.

“However, there are indications that by the end of next week we could see high pressure moving further south and west away from the UK, allowing northwesterly winds to develop at times. This would allow some short periods where colder air affects the UK, with the potential for wintry showers in northern areas.”

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