Warnings over blustery weekend

Bridgewater Place,  in Leeds City Centre, was closed earlier this year because of high winds.

Bridgewater Place, in Leeds City Centre, was closed earlier this year because of high winds.

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Forecasters have warned of a blustery weekend with gusts of wind up to 70mph expected around some exposed coastal areas.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Saturday and Sunday covering the whole of England and Wales.

And Scotland can expect snow on higher ground, even if the far north will be slightly less windy than the rest of the UK.

Winds speeds will strengthen from the west on Saturday morning with coastlines exposed to the west and south-west experiencing 60mph gusts, the Met Office said.

The wind speeds could drop on Saturday night but will be even stronger on Sunday when western coasts could see 70mph gusts.

The warning said: “Please be aware of the potential for some disruption due to the strong winds.”

Met Office meteorologist Emma Sharples said inland areas will not be quite as windy as at the coast but could still see speeds over 50mph.

Ms Sharples said the winds will also be accompanied by unsettled weather meaning a showery weekend for many parts.

She said: “The showers will be wintry further north. Parts of Scotland will see snow on higher ground, probably above 300m.”

Snow showers are expected to move further south in Scotland on Sunday, including across the central belt. But significant snowfalls are still only expected on higher ground.

There is also a chance the snow could stretch as far south as the hills of the far north of England.

The Environment Agency issued a flood warning on Friday for high tides potentially affecting properties in the Hessle area of East Yorkshire, close to the north end of the Humber Bridge.

And a number of other coastal flood alerts have been issued for high tides on Friday, including a number in the Blackpool area of Lancashire, the East Yorkshire coast and in Cornwall and Somerset.