Liverpool weather forecast for strong winds and ‘unusual’ storm

A swathe of strong winds are expected across Merseyside today, bringing the potential for travel disruption and flooding.

Gusts of up to 70mph were forecast to batter coastal areas on Thursday night and in the early hours of Friday.

The Met Office also issued a yellow warning of strong winds stretching across England, Wales and parts of Scotland and lasting until 6pm on Friday.

Gusts of 45 to 50mph are forecast for inland areas, reaching up to 60mph around coasts and hills.

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The Met Office said strong winds could lead to some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport and possibly some temporary power disruption.

In Liverpool, heavy rain is set to continue until 1pm today before being replaced by cloud.

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Saturday will be a cloudy, wet day everywhere, with widespread showers across the region. It will still be windy but less so than Friday.

Met Office meteorologist Emma Salter said it was "unusual" to have such stormy weather this time of year and emphasised its warnings were issued based on the potential impact of conditions.

She said: "If we had this set-up say in January or February we probably wouldn't be issuing a warning, because 40, 50, 60 mphs on the coast isn't going to do much damage."

But she added: "This time of year, when the trees are in full leaf they can be uprooted a lot more easily."