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Storm heading for Cornwall could last into next week

Storm heading for Cornwall could last into next week

Published by Emma Carton at 8:44am 5th February 2020. (Updated at 9:34am 6th February 2020)

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There are fears the latest storm sweeping towards Cornwall could last well into next week.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds this weekend.

Gales of up to 80mph an hour are set to batter the coast from Saturday evening.

Forecasters say we can expect travel disruption, due to gusts strong enough to bring down trees, roof tiles and power cables.

That will be accompanied by heavy rain as well.

Kernow Weather team says a strong jet stream across the Atlantic could bring wintry showers too. (Shhh, do not mention snow!)

"The Met Office have now issued a yellow weather warning for wind between Saturday 6pm to Sunday 11.59pm.

"Trouble is brewing for the weekend and well into next week, thanks to a very strong jet stream across the Atlantic aimed at the middle of the UK.

"There maybe one or two deep low weather system forming to the north of the UK this weekend but I am still not 100% uncertain, as this is still a way off, as to how strong the winds will be; currently the weather charts are indicating very strong winds from the south-west/west, with gales showing as severe. 

"Sunday (40-70mph), with some very lively showers which could turn prolonged over the weekend.

"For now, make the best of the next few days as we have a lovely high pressure ridge in place, bringing drier and sunnier weather with a chance of a passing shower or two. Temperatures of 6-12c but there is a biting wind chill making it feel a lot cooler.

"What seems more certain is that the jet stream is sinking south and at times allowing cold polar air, sourced from Greenland, to push in from the west or north-west during Monday, this has a very high risk of bringing wintry showers.

"We are watching the weather for this weekend and next week very closely and will keep you updated".

Kernow Weather Team

What is the forecast and has the storm been named?

The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for strong winds, from 6pm on Saturday until 11.59pm on Sunday.

The band of bad weather has now been named as Storm Ciara.

Forecasters say we can expect:

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected
  • Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves
  • There is a small chance that some roads and bridges could close
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs

"Very strong winds are likely across much of the UK later Saturday and through Sunday. 

"Gusts of 50 to 60mph are likely across many inland areas, with gusts 70, possibly 80mph, around some exposed coasts and hills, especially in the north and west. 

"Heavy rain will be an additional hazard, especially over western hills. 

"Winds of this strength across a wide area have the potential to produce disruption to transport, along with some coastal impacts, especially in the west".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here or watch what is causing the change in weather...

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