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Storms forecast for half-term
2:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
THE start of next week’s half-term holidays could be a washout with forecasters predicting heavy rain and 70 mph winds.
Ledbury could escape the worst of the weather though, as the south of England looks likely to bear the brunt of Monday’s downpour – which is being dubbed the Storm of Saint Jude.
Following two days of relative calm, the wet weather was set to return this morning with heavy downpours and strong gusts forecast.
“Tomorrow should then be reasonably fine for the first part of the day with just the odd shower,” said Paul Michaelwaite, from Pershore-based Netweather.tv. “There will then be heavy rain in the evening.
“On Sunday there will be some sharp showers and it will also be blustery but with bright spells too.”
He said Sunday night is when the situation worsens, with low pressure sweeping in from the Atlantic, hitting the south-west first but spreading to all parts.
“There is the potential for some really wet and windy weather on Monday,” said Mr Michaelwaite. “We could see 70 mph gusts, local flooding and tree damage.
“The worst of the weather, though, may be to the south of the region.”
The Storm of Saint Jude is expected to rival the Great Storm of 1987 which left thousands across the country without power.
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