Gales forecast for Portsmouth

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Weathermen issued a yellow warning today as they predicted gales could hit the Portsmouth area.

The Met Office said that high winds were possible along the coast later.

Its forecast this morning was: ‘Today: A reasonably bright day with variable amounts of cloud, and windy, especially along the coast with gales possible later, especially over headlands. The odd light shower is possible at times, mainly in the north and west. Maximum Temperature 21°C. Tonight: Remaining windy with variable cloud and mainly dry conditions during the evening. Higher likelihood of a few showers later in the night across northern counties. Winds also easing later. Minimum Temperature 11°C.’

The forecast follows appalling weather conditions yesteday which forced the abandonment of America’s Cup racing in Portsmouth and the evacuation of the spectator zone.

Weathermen said that in the south and south west gales of more than 50mph will batter coastal areas as “unseasonably strong winds” threaten to disrupt holidaymakers’ outdoor activities.

Campers and others planning to spend the day in the great outdoors as part of their summer break have been warned to expect some disruption as strong winds hit the south-west of the country.

A yellow weather warning for Wales, the West Midlands, London and the south-east as well as the south-west has been issued by the Met Office.

Forecaster Dean Hall said winds are set to reach speeds of up to 45mph inland, and possibly more than 50mph in coastal areas.

He said: “If you’ve got a tent and are camping it won’t be too pleasant.”

Those towing caravans have also been warned of the potential for disruption.

Rain will continue to put a dampener on things as wet weather remains in the far north of England and southern parts of Scotland.

Showers, some of which could be thundery, are expected to be slow-moving across northern and eastern parts of England.

Parts of the north will see heavy and “potent” showers through the afternoon, Mr Hall said.

He added that while w inds in the south will generally ease on Tuesday it will still be breezy.

And the record temperatures Britons enjoyed earlier this month show no sign of return, with frost forecast overnight on Wednesday in Scotland.

As we move towards August the weather is set to be “changeable”, Mr Hall said.

“We will likely have more unsettled weather with low pressure moving in from the Atlantic. The weather will be changeable, but temperatures are certainly below average for this time of year.”