The MET Office has issued severe weather warnings for the next four days as winds up to 70mph and rain will batter the country potentially causing power cuts and travel chaos.

Very strong winds and rain are expected to arrive on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, with gusts of 60 to 70 mph on coasts and 50 to 60 mph inland, before easing during the morning on Thursday. However the windy weather and rain is expected to return on Friday into Saturday.

The Warning from the Met Office read:

Tonight:

Turning wet and very windy tonight with gales possible around the coast. Rain should clear to showers by the morning. Minimum temperature 3 °C.

Thursday:

After a windy start, it will turn a little calmer through the morning, although scattered blustery showers will continue, with possible hail and thunder though some sunshine too. Maximum temperature 10 °C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Turning very windy with rain Friday. Strong winds lasting into Saturday with scattered showers. Winds easing for a time, but another wet and windy spell possible in the south Sunday.

What to expect

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely, including for high-sided vehicles crossing bridges
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely