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Gales of 70-85mph to hit Cornwall after cold snap?

Gales of 70-85mph to hit Cornwall after cold snap?

Published by Emma Carton at 9:46am 23rd January 2020. (Updated at 11:25am 23rd January 2020)

Cornwall is being warned the cold snap could be replaced by heavy rain and gales.

Kernow Weather Team has issued an advanced alert for next week.

It warns gusts of up to 85mph could hit on Monday and Thursday.

The group says the strong winds could be accompanied by torrential downpours as well.

"The lovely dry and settled weather is on the change as of Sunday. As you know we've had a high pressure dominating our weather for the last few days but this has slowly been pushed away thanks to the jetstream dropping down.

"By Sunday there will be a fresh SW wind. With this comes a low weather front moving in from the west/south-west bringing some moderate showers.

"As we move into Monday, (this is what I am keeping a very close eye on at the moment,) as this low pressure moves in towards the UK the isobars will tighten.

"In return we will see the very strong winds, maybe gale force for a time, and some hefty showers. 

"The current weather charts are showing the winds at around 40-75mph although this could change over the next few days.

"Then it's downhill from there, it will stay mostly wet and very windy during next week, with them strengthening and supporting heavy rain next Thursday (30-75mph) .

"Please note this is only a 'Weather Watch' and could change by the weekend. 

"We will continue to monitor this low weather system and keep you updated".

Kernow Weather Team

What is the forecast?

The Met Office has not issued any official weather warnings for Cornwall, however forecasters say things are turning unsettled.

Thursday: "Another mostly dry and overcast day with some mist or hill fog. Temperatures are likely to be slightly higher than yesterday despite the prevailing cloud cover. Brighter spells are possible at time, most likely through the afternoon. Maximum temperature 9 °C".

Thursday night: "An overcast and murky night once again, with plenty of cloud keeping temperatures above average for the time of year. Minimum temperature 3 °C".

Friday: "A predominantly cloudy day with a chance of rain or drizzle at times, temperatures similar to Thursday. Maximum temperature 9 °C".

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: "Spots of rain in between bright spells throughout Saturday. Heavier rain arriving for a time on Sunday, with further unsettled wet weather expected at the start of next week".

Met Office

You can keep an eye on the full forecast for Cornwall and the south-west here.

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