Merseyside is on alert for strong winds and torrential rain on the first day of 2015.
The met office have said that ‘Very strong southwesterly winds will develop along some Irish Sea coasts and across northwest Wales from late morning today, extending across northern England in the afternoon and evening’.
Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are likely, especially around exposed coasts and to the lee of hills. On some high-level routes, gusts may exceed 70 mph. Heavy rain will also affect many areas on merseyside.
A chief forecaster for the met office has said: “A developing depression is due to pass quickly across northern Scotland today, very strong southwesterly winds bringing an exceptionally mild, moisture laden airstream across the area”.
“As this hits the high ground of Snowdonia and the Lake District, it will generate large rainfall totals, of over 50 mm in places”.
What a difference a day makes
The wirral was struggling for temps to reach above 6C on New Years Eve. But on the first day of 2015 the Wirral is currently experiencing temperatures of over 13C, which is a day time temperature increase of 7C.
ADVICE: The public should be aware of the risk of some disruption due to strong winds and rain, especially around the costal areas on merseyside