More strong winds and rain expected tomorrow

Date published: 13 January 2020


A weather warning has been put in place across Oldham as parts of the UK continues to be battered by Storm Brendan

The Met Office has invoked a yellow weather warning for wind from midday until midnight tomorrow (Tuesday).  Wind speeds of up to 50mph are expected across Oldham and beyond.  Rain and showers will further hamper travellers.

According to the Met Office, yellow weather warnings mean:

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Probably some bus and train services affected, with some journeys taking longer
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible

If you have to drive tomorrow, here are some tips for travelling in wind and rain.

  • Always plan ahead
  • Even moderate rain can reduce your ability to see and be seen. A good rule of thumb is ‘if it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down’.
  • If heavy downpours are expected, avoid starting your journey until it clears.
  • If you can, choose main roads, where you are less likely to be exposed to fallen branches and debris and flooding.
  • Use dipped headlights if visibility is seriously reduced.
  • Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. This is particularly important when planning to overtake.
  • Keep an eye out for gaps between trees, buildings or bridges over a river or railway – these are some of the places you are more likely to be exposed to side winds. Ensure that you maintain enough room either side of your vehicle so you can account for it being blown sideways.
  • Roads will be more slippery than usual in wet weather – be sure to give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard. Increase your following gap to at least four seconds from the moving traffic in front.
  • Keep your eyes peeled on the road at all times as spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility. Remember it affects others too, so anticipate their actions and be prepared.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said winds are set to increase tomorrow, particularly in coastal areas.  “As well as strong winds, there will be large coastal waves in western areas, so bear this in mind before heading out in these regions.”

The yellow warning is expected to be in place until midnight tomorrow (Tuesday)


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