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UK weather: Country braced for high winds with people told to avoid ‘unnecessary risks’ as weather warning is issued

Written by on 11 March 2021

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has urged people to avoid taking “unnecessary risks” as strong winds are expected in parts of the UK.

A Met Office yellow weather warning has forecast high winds and blustery showers for all of England and Wales from 9pm on Wednesday.

The bad weather could lead to major disruption, including delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

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A warning of highs winds is in place for England and Wales. Pic: Met Office Image: A warning of highs winds is in place for England and Wales. Pic: Met Office

Coastal areas and hills are expected to face winds of up to 70mph.

In a normal year, around 150 people lose their lives at the coast, and more than half of those do not intend to enter the water, according to the RNLI.

Gareth Morrison, head of the charity’s water safety, said: “Whether you are running, walking or cycling at the coast, please be extra responsible and avoid taking unnecessary risks or entering the water.

“In particular, we ask people to stay well back from stormy, wintry seas and cliff edges, check tide times before you go, take a phone with you and call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard if you or someone else are in trouble.”

Gales will reach England and Wales by tonight and continue until 3pm on Thursday.

The yellow weather alert follows a number of recent warnings for snow, ice and wind.

Last month, the UK recorded its lowest temperature in 25 years, causing Public Health England (PHE) to issue a cold weather alert.

Storm Darcy also brought much of the country to a standstill as heavy snowfall led to widespread road closures.

Forecasters say spring is not upon us yet.

In the coming weeks, cold temperatures are set to return, with even a white Easter on the cards.

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