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UPDATED: WARNING ISSUED AS 60MPH GUSTS SET TO HIT THE ISLE OF WIGHT


UPDATED: IW Met Service have issued both a weather advisory and a yellow weather warning for strong winds across the Isle of Wight this weekend.

There will be a spell of strong west to southwesterly winds affecting the Island during Saturday evening with gusts of up to 50mph possible for a time. A spell of heavy rain is also expected as a cold front moves in as the evening progresses.

Although this will cause some disruption, local forecasters have only deemed this weather to be of an advisory level.

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Things will make a turn for the worse on Sunday with a yellow weather warning in force from 05:00 until 22:00.

A second spell of strong winds will affect the Island throughout Sunday. Northwesterly winds gusting up to 60mph are likely in some places through the day, especially over hills and exposed coastal areas. There may be some minor structural damage as well as the risk of a few travel disruptions, especially on cross Solent travel.

Although 60mph winds are rather common during the winter months and don’t usually pose too many problems, they are rarely from the northwest. This means some places may be exposed to strong winds that are usually fairly sheltered.

UPDATE SATURDAY @ 14:50 – Forecasters at IW Met Service have upgraded their weather advisory to a yellow weather warning for wind. This means that the warning is now in force from 15:00 this afternoon until 21:00 tonight, and then again from 05:00 until 22:00 tomorrow.

Gusts of up to 60mph are now expected for a time with localised gusts potentially even stronger.

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