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Wind speed in the UK – where have the strongest gales struck as Storm Fionn heads to Britain?

STORM Fionn smashed the British Isles overnight and left swathes of Britain under deep snow cover following an intense -7C blast.

As Storm Fionn, the sixth latest storm, is predicted to lash Britain with gusts reaching 90mph, we give you the lowdown on the windiest parts of the nation…

Which British areas will see the strongest gales from Storm Fionn?

On January 18, as the storm took hold of the UK, the morning saw severe gales across eastern England – but the winds, which came with a yellow weather warning, were expected to ease throughout the day.

Gusts reached 93mph in Capel Curig in Wales overnight, as well as 83mph in Tibbenham, Norfolk.

Meterologist Alex Burkill said: “It’s going to be a cold and blustery day with further showers especially in the north and west.

“There is likely to be disruption to travel so before you had head out, it’s worth taking a look at the state of the roads you will be travelling on.

“There is a risk you could be held up and delayed and if you think that’s possible, make sure you have essentials with you such as coats, water and food in case you get held up for several hours.”

The Met Office have said “During Wednesday night and into Thursday, there is the potential for gusts of 60 to 70mph quite widely and a small chance of winds reaching 80mph in places.

“The location of the most damaging winds is currently uncertain, although parts of northern and eastern England along with southern Scotland currently look more at risk.

“Along with the strong winds a spell of heavy rain can also be expected, which could also be combined with a temporary thaw of lying snow in the north.”

The Environment Agency warned many river levels in the West Country are already rising, including the Hayle and Cober in Cornwall, and there could be flooding on low-lying roads.

 Huge waves crash against the sea defences at Aberystwyth Wales, with westerly winds gusting up to 80mph
Huge waves crash against the sea defences at Aberystwyth Wales, with westerly winds gusting up to 80mph

Where are the windiest areas in Britain?

The Met Office said Shetland Area is the windiest in Britain, with an average speed of 16.9 mph.

Here are the top ten windiest areas in the country:

  1. Shetland Area – 16.9 mph
  2. Buteshire – 16.6 mph
  3. Orkney Area – 16.3 mph
  4. Caernarvonshire – 14.8 mph
  5. Western Isles – 14.4mph
  6. Argyllshire – 13.9mph
  7. Anglesey – 13.6mph
  8. Inverness – 13.5 mph
  9. Peeblesshire – 13mph
  10. Ross and Cromarty – 13mph

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