Winds continue to batter Britain

  • Winds continue to batter Britain
    19.01.2009 10:19

    More blustery weather was rolling in today following a stormy weekend which left one woman dead.

    Forecasters predicted strong winds and rain for the coming week as more low pressure moved in from the West.

    The weekend saw downpours and severe gusts that reached more than 100mph in parts of the UK, toppling trees and cutting off power lines.

    A woman in her 30s was killed when a falling tree struck her car in Co Down, Northern Ireland, on Saturday.

    Forecaster Rob Hutchinson, of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said there was more bad weather to come, with rain expected to turn to sleet and snow in some places.

    He explained that the wild weather was down to a powerful jet stream coming in from the Atlantic which was causing low pressure to develop.

    Last night, parts of western Scotland and north west Ireland were battening down the hatches under the strongest winds.

    Mr Hutchinson said Scotland had seen some snow overnight and predicted around 10cm could fall on high ground.

    "This band of rain could turn to snow or sleet in areas above 100 metres. In Scotland it is already snowing and there could be up to 10cm in the hills later," he said.

    The gusty weather is expected to be at its worst from Wednesday night to Thursday morning, with more high winds predicted for the end of the week.

    Mr Hutchinson added: "This week will be very unsettled and the wind will make it feel quite cold."

    By: Press Association