Met Office issues 600-mile ‘danger to life’ warning to most of UK

The Met Office has issued a weather warning covering most of the country and coming into force later this week.

The yellow weather warning for wind spans nearly 600 miles and stretches from the northernmost point of Shetland to the north of Suffolk. It also covers much of the Midlands, the north of England, north Wales, all of Northern Ireland and all of Scotland.

The warning is in place from midnight on Thursday morning (December 21) until 11.59pm that evening. The Met Office warned there was a "small chance that injuries and danger to life" caused by large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties and elsewhere from flying debris caused by the strong gusts.

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It added journey times could be impacted, buildings may face damage and power cuts could occur, which could then impact other services such as mobile phone coverage. Across the country gusts of 50-60mph could be seen but in coastal regions and areas of high ground these speeds could reach up to 80mph.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Chris Almond said: "From late Wednesday into Thursday, strong winds are likely to develop across a large area of the UK.

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"We’ve issued a large yellow warning area where there’s a potential for some impacts, but gusts of 50-60mph are possible for large parts of central and northern areas of the UK.

"Exposed coasts and high ground could see gusts of 70-80mph at times." Mr Almond added that while the weather warning was due to be lifted on Thursday night, unsettled conditions weren't guaranteed to end there and encouraged Brits to keep checking their local forecast.

"There’s a chance this low pressure will continue to exert its influence into Friday," he added. "So it’s important to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecast."

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