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UK weather: Planes unable to land as Met Office warns of 65mph winds

According to the Met Office's predictions, the north of the UK will see "rain, sleet, snow and ice", with a yellow weather warning in place for wind in the south

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Strong winds in the south of the country have seen planes unable to land amid severe weather warnings and at least one international flight into London diverted to Manchester.

Wind gusts hit up to 45mph in London, with an average wind speed of 20mph on Monday, while gusts reached up to 65mph in coastal areas such as Sussex.

According to SkyScan, the weather prompted multiple planes to hold over London and Surrey rather than attempting to land – with one flight from New York's JFK to Heathrow declaring an emergency and diverting to Manchester due to low fuel.

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Brits are now facing another week of adverse weather conditions and disruption, with the Met Office issuing weather warnings for snow and ice, as well as strong winds, across the UK.

According to the Met Office's predictions, the north of the UK will see "rain, sleet, snow and ice", with a yellow weather warning in place suggesting the conditions are likely to cause rail travel disruption and potentially hazardous conditions for drivers and pedestrians.

Strong winds and crashing waves at Newhaven lighthouse on the east Sussex coast south east England
Strong winds may see waves breach sea barriers as the Met Office issues a yellow weather warning.

Meanwhile the south of the country is under a yellow weather warning for wind, with strong gusts causing potential problems on the roads – particularly for high-sided vehicles.

In coastal areas such as Sussex, gusts of wind are expected to reach up to 65mph, while in London, wind speeds are expected to reach an average of 20mph, with gusts of up to 45mph.

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“Southwesterly winds will widely gust to between 50 and 55 mph with gusts reaching 60 to 65 mph over some exposed coasts and hills. The highest gusts are expected between mid-morning and mid-afternoon," according to an alert on the Met Office website.

People play in the snow on the Dunstable Downs in Bedfordshire, Wednesday March 8, 2023. More sleet and snow is expected across southern England and south Wales on Wednesday while scattered snow and hail showers will impact Scotland's northern coasts as the Arctic blast intensifies. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
Areas of the UK saw snow in the past week prompting travel disruption and school closures. (PA via AP)

Additionally, there are flood warnings in place for England, Scotland and Wales, with the threat of waves overtopping sea defences and rivers breaking their banks.

The warnings come following a week of cold weather that brought widespread travel chaos after flurries of snow saw roads blocked, rail services suspended and flights grounded.