Strong gusts of wind are expected to hit Lytham St Anne’s tomorrow evening as Storm Ellen sweeps in promising two days of wind and rain along our western coastline And some of these gusts are predicted to particularly fearsome, hitting 70 mph, as this storm contains the remnants of the devastating Tropical Storm Kyle.
The yellow weather warning stretches along the west coast from Cornwall to south-west Scotland. It is in place from 8pm tonight (Wednesday), forecasting strong winds which could cause disruption in our area later on in the day on Thursday and throughout Friday. There could also be some damage to trees with debris on roads, given the time of year.
Steve Ramsdale from the Meterologcal Office said, ‘Following the recent hot and thundery weather we are seeing a significant change to very unsettled conditions for August with an unseasonal spell of strong winds associated with low-pressure centres for the second half of this week. Uncertainty remains high in the intensity of these systems at this point, but we are confident in the change to a spell of much windier weather. Tropical air associated with a decayed tropical cyclone is being drawn towards the UK, and the marked contrast between this warm and moist air with normal North Atlantic air masses can lead to a very vigorous system.’
The map below shows the expected winds on Thursday evening.