WET WEEKEND IN STORE FOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT – WEATHER WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE

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It’s set to be a wet and windy weekend across the Isle of Wight with severe gales and heavy rain expected.

A yellow weather warning from IW Met Service remains in force for the Island between 13:00 on Saturday and 10:00 on Sunday morning.

Forecasters say that the rain will move in on Saturday and by the afternoon the winds increase with South to Southwesterly gusts of up to 60-65mph expected locally.

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During the early hours of Sunday, there will be further spells of rain which are likely to become heavy and rather persistent at times. These will be accompanied by a very strong and gusty South to Southwesterly wind. Gusts of up to 65mph or even 70mph are possible in more exposed areas such as over the hills and on exposed headlands although gusts closer to 50 or possibly up to 60mph are likely elsewhere.

Around 15-20mm of rainfall is expected on Saturday, with a further 20-30mm on Sunday. Over the entire weekend some locations could see anywhere between 40mm and 60mm of rainfall.

As we move into Sunday afternoon the winds will ease back significantly although heavy outbreaks of rain are still possible until the evening.

There is no risk of a significant storm surge and no risk of coastal flooding, although rivers and streams may breach their banks in prone locations due to the amount of rain falling over the weekend as a whole.

There is a possibility of travel disruption as well as disruption to outdoor activities and events.

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