Met Office warn Merseyside of ‘danger to life waves’ as 80mph winds expected

The Met Office has issued Merseyside a severe weather warning for strong winds throughout the whole of Wednesday.

This is due to an area of low pressure that will track directly across the region, bringing strong winds and heavy rain.

Forecasters expected that winds will top 60mph through Wednesday, with the potential of 80mph at exposed or coastal locations.

The strong winds mixed with the high tide on Wednesday could mean dangerous conditions near out coasts.

The Met Office warn that there is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts.

Andy Page, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “The unsettled theme continues throughout this week, with further spells of rain moving across the UK from the west as many return to work on Tuesday, and there will again be some snow over the high ground in Scotland.

“The wind will pick up again later on Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to be very windy across England and Wales, with gales or severe gales in places and National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued for these strong winds.

“The gales, combined with locally thundery downpours may make driving difficult and cause some disruption.”

Carol Holt, flood duty manager for the Environment Agency, said: “Unsettled weather with strong winds and at times large waves, combined with high tides, could lead to some coastal flooding from Tuesday until Thursday.

“Our frontline teams are on the ground checking defences and may close coastal flood gates this week. We urge people to stay safe on the coast – take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger trying to take ‘storm selfies’.

“If you’re travelling, please check your route before setting off and don’t drive through flood water”.

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