UK Weather – Warnings for travel chaos and power cuts as wind set to batter Brits | The Sun

BRITS are bracing for travel chaos and power cuts with strong winds set to batter the nation.

The Met Office have issued a number of yellow weather warnings for powerful gusts that will hit today and tomorrow.

The weather warnings cover parts of Northern Scotland with the first coming into place at 8pm tonight.

Meteorologists previously warned "very strong winds" could cause "injuries and danger to life" from flying debris.

Commuters have also been warned that their journeys could take longer with cancellations on the roads, rail and air.

Delays for "high-sided vehicles" on exposed routes are particularly likely.

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The Met Office added that "short term loss of power and other services" is also possible.

And the weather service added that there is a slight chance of damage to buildings.

It comes as the Met Office long-range forecast predicts "unsettled" weather in the north for much of February, with settled conditions more likely in the south.

This regional divide between the north and south will continue through the middle part of the month, according to the national forecaster.

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The forecast said that showers and longer spells of rain with strong gusts of winds are more likely to occur in the north and north-western parts of the UK.

While across the southern areas, drier conditions with light winds are expected to be experienced, where fog patches overnight and in the morning are a possibility.

The weather service said wet and windy weather would become more widespread across the whole country towards the end of February.

And forecasters have also warned of potential snow flurries in northern areas of the country this coming weekend and beyond, with February seeing a mix of milder conditions and cold snaps with freezing nights and frosts.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: "The donut of strong winds at the Pole is the polar vortex. And there's a weakening of the Polar Vortex."

Forecasters explained that changes in the Polar Vortex can cause a weaker jet stream, allowing more frequent cold air from the Arctic.

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