UPDATED: Wirral braced for more severe gales on Wednesday

New Brighton could see more stormy scenes like this on wednesday
New Brighton could see more stormy scenes like this on Wednesday and Thursday

The Met Office issue Merseyside more severe weather warnings for wind, as another deepening area of low pressure is expected to track across the UK during Wednesday and into Thursday.

Compared with the low pressure systems of the last few days this low is expected to track further south, bringing a greater risk of disruptive conditions to a greater populated areas of merseyside.

Gales or severe gales are expected to develop with this low pressure system, so again wind gusts of 50-60 mph are likely across merseyside. Gusts could even hit 75 mph at costal areas and over exposed hills.

A band of persistent heavy rain is also expected to track over the region from Wednesday afternoon night and into Thursday morning as the low pressure system hits the UK.

A chief forecaster at the Met Office has said: “Another Atlantic low pressure system is expected to deepen significantly as it tracks towards the UK. Unlike its predecessors, this system looks like taking a more southerly track, with the greatest risk of gales or severe gales”.

They added: “The strongest winds will be in southern and western exposure, where severe gales are likely. As well as the very strong winds, a band of squally rain is also likely to push southeast across England and Wales through the period”.

The exact track of this system is still open to some uncertainty, and it is likely that this warning will be reviewed in the coming days to adjust the areas most at risk and also likely impact.

The rest of the week and the weekend continue to stay unsettled.

More weather warnings for strong winds issued for Wirral
More weather warnings for strong winds issued for Wirral

These warnings come just after the wirral was battered by  winds of 60mph, they were strong enough to bring a tree crashing down on Arrowe Park Road in Birkenhead. The fallen tree caused the road to be closed in both directions.

There were also spectacular scenes at New Brighton as waves crashed over the sea defences, which can be seen in the gallery at the bottom of this page.

Liverpool coastguard issued warnings for the weekends and this weeks storms:

“Our advice is keep away from the coastline. The weather is not going to be nice. It’s going to be rainy and cold so it’s not going to be a pleasant weekend.

They added: “Just stay safe and keep away from those huge waves.”

Hoylake coastguard have also warned about the dangers:

“its not just water that gets whipped up by the wind at high tide, stones, rocks and other debris are also present. One cubic metre of water weighs one ton!”

They added: “Some facts people should consider when wave dodging or driving through breaking waves”.

Coastguards on Wirral issue warnings about the danger of wave watching during high winds.


Keep a close eye on the forecast and to plan around the weather.

Postpone or delay your journey if necessary, adjust your driving to the conditions.

If you have to make a long-distance journey remember to check what it’s like at your destination, as the weather across the country can be variable, and think about your return journey too.

The public should be aware of the risk of localised disruption to transport and possibly power supplies.

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Check out our dramatic gallery and video below of the stormy scenes at New Brighton on Saturday:

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