November got off to a wet and windy start as parts of the UK felt the effects of a storm in France.
Gusts of over 70 mph were expected in some coastal areas of England as strong winds hit the southern shores on Tuesday morning with the fallout from Storm Claudius.
The southern and western areas of the country were expected to face windy winds and frequent heavy rains.
The Met Office has a yellow weather alert for southerly winds in place until 8:00 am on Tuesday, warning that the weather could cause disruption.
Storm Claudio’s move eastward on Tuesday is expected to leave a rainy day for much of the UK, with Wales and areas of southern and central England expected to see the most frequent rainfall, the Met Office added.
A yellow rain warning is in effect until 8:00 am in most parts of England and parts of Wales.
The Environment Agency has issued 49 flood warnings (meaning floods are possible) across much of central England, from Middlesbrough to Cheltenham.
Meanwhile, there are three active flood warnings in Wales for the areas surrounding the Gwendraeths, Loughor, Amman, Bran and Gwydderig rivers.
Neil Armstrong, chief meteorologist, said: “Storm Claudio’s biggest impacts are expected in northern France, which is why it was named as a system by Meteo-France.
“What it means to us in the UK is that some strong winds are possible along much of the south coast of England.
“Some isolated and particularly exposed coastal areas could see gusts above 70 mph, while much of the warning area will see gusts between 50 and 60 mph.”
Conditions are unlikely to improve by mid-week as low pressure coming in from the west is expected to bring rainy and windy weather.
The Met Office said winds are likely to be stronger along coastal areas of the Irish Sea, including West Wales, North West England and South West Scotland, as well as the east coast of Ireland. of the North.
It issued a yellow weather alert for wind on Wednesday morning through early evening.
Deputy Chief Meteorologist Steven Keates said, “Within the alert area, gusts of between 55 and 65 mph are expected.
“This is associated with the low pressure moving towards the north west of the UK, which will bring with it some heavy rain on Wednesday, especially in parts of south west Scotland, Cumbria and west Wales, albeit a large part of the UK will see some rain throughout the day.
“In addition to the strong winds in the warning area, many parts of the UK will experience strong winds and gusts, at least for some time on Wednesday.”
The windy weather comes after the UK enjoyed above-average temperatures in late October, with mercury reaching 20 degrees in some parts, resulting in mild conditions for this time of year.