Merseyside braced for 70mph winds this weekend

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New Brighton during storm Abigail

A wet and windy weekend is expected across Merseyside this weekend.

The Met Office have issued Merseyside severe weather warnings for strong winds from 9am Saturday – 6pm Sunday.

This is due to a low pressure system moving east to the north of Scotland on Saturday strengthening winds across the UK and Merseyside through the weekend.

READ MORE: Wirral Council warn of costal flooding due to this weekends severe weather

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Gusts around coastlines could reach 60 mph at times with large waves expected.

The Met Office say that gusts could even reach around 50mph inland with heavy rain at times.

Another low pressure system will run eastwards across southern Scotland on Sunday further strengthening winds across the area, winds could reach 70mph at some exposed areas on Merseyside.

Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples said: “On Saturday, after a chilly start with some frost and risk of icy patches it will be an unsettled, windy day with showers or longer spells of rain.

“Gales will develop, particularly near western coasts where they may reach severe gale-force.

“On Sunday it will remain windy and further showers are likely but rain looks likely to push across northern parts during the day”.

The bad weather has also forced Wirral Council to issue costal flood warnings. Read more about that here.

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Next week it will remain unsettled with a succession of weather systems moving in from the Atlantic and dry spells in-between.

This will bring more wet and windy weather with bright spells at times.

Temperatures will remain around average for this time of year, with overnight frosts possible during any calmer nights.

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