UK weather: Severe gale force winds up to 60mph set to batter coastal areas

North-west of the UK saw winds reach up to 70mph overnight

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Parts of the UK are on alert for flooding today as severe gale force winds are expected to batter coastal areas.

The Met Office has yellow ‘be aware’ warnings for ice and wind over swathes of Scotland and Northern Ireland, where fierce gusts are expected to be followed by large winds.

Winds will also lead to large waves and coupled with high spring tides could lead to overtopping and localised flooding in some coastal locations, a notice on its website advised.

The Environment Agency has one flood warning in place in the south west and 21 flood alerts in areas across England.

The warnings come after a man died in Scarborough when he was swept to sea during gale force winds on Sunday. In London, the banks of the River Thames burst on Saturday after bouts of heavy rain.

Members of the public are advised to beware of potentially dangerous driving conditions and the possibility of travel disruption.

A spokesperson for the Met Office told The Independent: “Today we have a mix of sunshine and blustery showers, a few strong winds, with the odd coastal spot in the west experiencing perhaps 50mph.

"Much further north of Scotland might see winds reach up to 60mph. We have seen 60-70mph overnight in the odd exposed location across the north-west."

 “A few of the showers across Scotland will contain snow, although accumulations will be limited to higher ground. Further south, we could get snow over the very tops of the Peak District. But north of that, you might see between one and three centimetres above 200m across Scotland.”

Scotland is also expected to see temperatures drop as low as 4C today, although this will improve overnight as warm air pushes across the region.