Warning as strong winds set to hit Essex and Cambridgeshire

A road is blocked due to a fallen tree. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

A road is blocked due to a fallen tree. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Weather forecasters are warning of strong winds across Essex and Cambridgeshire later on today (Monday).

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning from Monday at 2pm till 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday) as winds of 40-50mph are expected to hit the counties. A spokesman said: “Given the unseasonable nature of the winds, the public should be aware of the potential for disruption to transport and outdoor activities. Damage to some trees seems likely.”

The chief forecaster added: “This is an update to the warning to bring forward the start time, cover the rest of England in the yellow area and also to increase gust speeds through the Irish Sea.

“A powerful jet stream stretching across the Atlantic into the UK will steer a number of active weather systems across the UK during Monday and Tuesday.

“The windy weather will be maintained well into Tuesday by a vigorous depression crossing northern Scotland. Developments are complex so there is still some uncertainty in the detail, especially by Tuesday, and this warning will be kept under review.”