Residents of southern England are bracing for a stormy Wednesday as unseasonably windy conditions, accompanied by showers or longer spells of rain, will affect the region.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind, saying that some disruption to travel and power supplies is likely.

English Channel coastal areas

The highest winds will affect the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall from early morning, spreading into other English Channel coastal areas during the morning with gusts expected to widely reach 45-50 mph and perhaps in excess of 55-60 mph in the most exposed spots in the far south and southwest of England.

These strong winds could cause damage to trees, roofs, and outdoor structures, as well as pose a risk to pedestrians and cyclists.

The stormy weather will also bring showers or longer spells of rain, some of which could be heavy and thundery at times. The heaviest rainfall is expected in parts of Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex and parts of Kent where 15-25 mm of rain could fall in a few hours. This could lead to some localised flooding and surface water on roads.

Later in the afternoon winds will start to slowly ease, but the showers will continue into the evening. The Met Office advises people to stay alert and follow the latest weather updates and warnings.

By Ed

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