UK weather forecast: Warnings in place with 50mph winds set to batter London

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Londoners have been warned to brace for winds of up to 50mph this week with heavy gales set to batter the UK.

The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for south west England and Wales in the coming days, with strong gusts expected across the country.

Winds could reach up to 50mph in the capital and 70mph in other areas of the UK, with the Met Office warning thunderstorms could also arrive at some point in the week.

An area of low pressure will cause winds to pick up overnight on Monday in parts of Wales and South West England, forecasters said.

The Met office warned gusts of between 55mph and 60mph during Monday’s rush hour could cause disruption on some of the UK’s busiest commuter routes. 

Met Office forecaster Charles Powell told the Standard: “We don’t expect it to be quite as wet as the weekend.

“There is not huge amount of rain across central London now but the showers are not far away.

“The showers will then tend to ease away a bit and the wind will calm down as well so it should be quite a quiet night.

“It’s Tuesday night when we are looking at the next bit of wet and windier weather so there is a weather warning out as well.

“For the rest of the week it’s just a blustery old picture with further showers.”

Forecaster Greg Dewhurst predicted an “unsettled autumn day” across the country throughout Monday.

A second area of low pressure coming in from the Atlantic is expected to bring more strong winds on Tuesday night, lasting into Wednesday morning.

He said: “It is likely to bring winds across many parts of England and Wales on Tuesday and Wednesday of between 50mph and 60mph, with isolated gusts reaching 70mph.

“It could cause disruption to Wednesday morning rush hour and there could be some heavy rain associated with it as well.”

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