British drivers have been warned to have their wits about them this weekend as extreme weather conditions look set to descend on the country on Friday (January 8th) and Saturday.
The Met Office has issued extreme weather and flood warnings to a number of areas around the country, and motorists will need to make sure they are well prepared for driving in adverse conditions to make sure they don't fall foul.
Parts of the UK are predicted to be hit by gale force winds over the next few days, with an Atlantic jet stream of more than 200 mph arriving at the coast this weekend. It could mean drivers in some areas of the nation – particularly northern England – facing wind speeds of more than 90 mph, creating hazardous conditions on the road.
Heavy rain is also forecast, with three inches of rain expected and the Pennines to be worst hit. For anyone who needs to drive in these conditions, it's always best to ensure that tyres are in good condition. If not, they should have new tyres fitted before attempting to drive on wet and windy roads.
The Met Office has currently issued a number of yellow warnings, with reports stating drivers could be set to face similar conditions to those seen in the storms that hit the UK at the end of 2013 when extreme weather hit just before Christmas and brought chaos to the roads.
Helen Roberts at the Met Office said that the worst of the winds will be seen on Friday morning, but added that these would continue for at least a couple of days.
“It could fell trees and could definitely cause some damage," she added, so it will be important for drivers to be alert at all times.
Anyone travelling this weekend should make sure to take extra care when on the roads. Before travelling in extreme weather, if you have any doubts, you should make sure your car has had a full vehicle safety check.
Posted by Danielle Barge