Brits face ‘unseasonably strong’ winds when remnants of Storm Alex batter nation

Rain will batter parts of the UK as huge gusts sweep through coastal areas (Picture: PA/NOAA)

The UK will face ‘unseasonably’ strong winds later this week, with forecasters warning of gusts of up to 45mph.

Remnants of Storm Alex, a tropical storm in America, will soon spread through the country.

The Met Office said there will be particularly high winds in some areas of the UK from Thursday onwards.

It will follow lashings of rain across much of the country tomorrow.

In America, Storm Alex has already caused major disruption across states such as Florida.

There has been heavy rainfall over the weekend in several regions, including Miami, which reportedly experienced more than five inches of rain.

In the UK, from Thursday, weaker rain will move from west to east, as the ex-tropical storm Alex brings in low pressure.

Oli Claydon, a Met Office spokesperson, said: ‘The wind is the main part of the story – unseasonably strong winds for the time of year.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock (12965112n) Pedestrians are caught in heavy downpours on Westminster Bridge ahead of the platinum jubilee celebrations which start 2-5 June to mark Queen Elizabeth II accession to the throne in 1952 Seasonal Weather, Westminster Bridge, London, UK - 31 May 2022
Rain is predicted to sweep through the UK from Thursday (Picture: Amer Ghazzal/REX/Shutterstock)

‘We could see gusts of up to 45mph through Friday.

‘Those sorts of wind speeds will be fairly confined to the far north-west of the UK.

‘But as the low pressure goes over the north of the UK through Saturday, a wider area of the north of the UK could see those sorts of wind speeds.

‘It will be windy everywhere across the UK, but the further south you go, the less influence the low pressure will have.’

On Friday, winds will strengthen across the UK and some showers are to move into the western parts of the UK, particularly the north-west of the UK, which includes Northern Ireland, western Scotland and parts of northern England.

Mr Claydon added that the ex-storm will largely lose its strength as it progresses into the weekend and that ‘it doesn’t have its regular tropical properties in terms of strength’.

The remnants of Storm Alex follow a spell of unpredictable weather for much of the UK.

A wave crashes over Newhaven lighthouse at West Quay in East Sussex, following on from Storm Eunice. More wet and windy weather is set to sweep the UK on Sunday as Storm Franklin is set to strike the UK just days after Storm Eunice destroyed buildings and left 1.4 million homes without power. Picture date: Sunday February 20, 2022. PA Photo. The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for wind which could cause further power cuts, transport delays and damage to properties. Sunday's warnings cover Wales and most of England from midday until 3pm, and the North West and Northern Ireland from midday until midnight. Identical wind warnings have been issued for Monday. See PA story WEATHER Storms. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
High winds could reach speeds of 45mph, forecasters have predicted this week (Picture: PA)

Tropical Storm Alex heads toward Bermuda with high winds MAP. Wind Speed Probabilities for the 120 hours (5 days) from Sun Jun 5 2 am to Fri Jun 10 2 am
Storm Alex has already caused rainy and windy conditions across America: (Picture: NOAA)

There were balmy highs of 22°C in parts of the country today, following on from the Queen’s Jubilee weekend.

Rain had managed to spare Thursday and Friday’s celebrations in London, which were enjoyed under a sky full of sunshine.

And although the royal pageant at Buckingham Palace was spared a downpour at the weekend, the much anticipated Red Arrows’ display was cancelled due to the poor weather.

The unsettled weather continued into the night and the Met Office issued a yellow warning for rain in eastern parts of England until 4am.

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