Weather warning as winds up to 70mph hit region

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The Met Office has issued a ‘yellow alert’ weather warning this morning as strong winds continue to hit the region.

The Met Office warned of strong gusts up to 70mph today across the East of England and the Midlands with some disruption to traffic and emergency services warned drivers and cyclists to take extra care on the roads.

The Met Office said this morning (Tuesday, March 31): “Westerly winds have been strong across many areas, with gusts of 50-60 mph and isolated gusts of 65-70 mph in exposed locations. The wind will become northwesterly during the morning, and although easing for a time, it will become very gusty through the day, particularly near showers.

“The public should be aware of the risk of localised damage from these winds and for minor disruption to travel.”

Although things are expected to improve over the Easter weekend, with the rain and wind hopefully dying down, it’s likely it will still feel chilly.

Met Office spokeswoman Laura Young said: “Temperatures will be about average. Easter is a lot earlier this year and average temperatures at the beginning of April are single figures, 8C or 9C, possibly up to 10C. It’s not going to be glorious sunshine and mild temperatures, it’s going to be pretty average. It’s not going to be a great week, not a great start to the Easter holiday, but it’s an improved weekend.”