Cumbria Met Office weather warning as 65mph winds set to cause travel chaos

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for “strong and blustery winds” across Cumbria today (January 31).

Forecasters believe the high winds will quickly spread southwards from Scotland “by late morning or early afternoon” and will lead to gusts of up to 65mph and heavy rain. Motorists are being warned to expected travel disruption while coastal areas will be affected by spray and large waves.

The latest weather warning comes hot on the heels of the impacts caused by Storm Isha and Storm Jocelyn last week. It comes into force at 9am and lasts until 5pm.

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It will apply to all areas of Lancashire as well as the North East, Scotland, North Yorkshire and parts of Northern Ireland. The strong winds could also lead to power cuts and damage to trees.

The detailed forecast warns: “Strong and blustery south-westerly winds will quickly spread southwards across Scotland on Wednesday, reaching Northern Ireland and northern England by late morning or early afternoon. Gusts of 45 to 55 mph are expected widely with a few places – most likely hills and coastal areas – are likely to see gusts reaching up to 65 mph.

“During the late morning and early afternoon high gusts will be accompanied by rain, heavy at times before wind starts to slowly ease from the north later. Over western Scotland, these windy conditions will be accompanied by heavy rain at times.”

What to Expect

  • Some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges and damage to trees is also possible
  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected
  • Some short term loss of power and other services
  • Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves

Lancs Live – Cumbria