Winds up to 70mph to batter Britain for four days

Winds up to 70mph to batter Britain for four days

Britain is braced for four solid days of gales as winds of up to 70mph will batter the country, bringing with it rain and snow. 

After the temperatures last week plummeted to a seven-year UK low of -15.4C in Scotland, there was a bit of let up over the weekend as the sun shone on parts of the country. 

But this week sees the return of the wintry weather. Yellow weather warnings for wind have been issued to the entire south of England and Wales from Wednesday afternoon through to Saturday evening. 

Overnight winds reached 79mph on the Isle of Wight, and 67mph on the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall.

The Met Office has warned residents to prepare for power cuts, travel disruption and an impact to services as two separate weather fronts cross Britain.

The first, on Thursday, means that everywhere south of Manchester will be subject to the yellow warning. 

A second warning comes into place at midday on Friday and lasts until Saturday at 6pm and covers all of Britain south of Dundee. Northern Scotland has been issued its own yellow warning for rain. 

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