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UK weather forecast: Yellow warning for severe gales amid flight cancellations, freezing fog & icy -4C cold snap | The Sun

A YELLOW weather warning for severe gales has been issued amid flight cancellations and -4C temperatures.

The Met Office has warned of travel chaos and disruption as parts of the UK are set to be hit by snow in the next few days.

A yellow weather warning for severe gales has been issued to the Scottish Highlands, covering Stornoway, Portree and Ullapool.

Gusts of up to 75mph are set to batter the coast and the warning lasts from midday to 6pm, with travel disruption and plane and ferry cancellations "likely".

The Met Office said: "Strong south to southwesterly winds bringing some travel disruption and dangerous coastal conditions."

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A statement on the Met Office forecast warned: "Some delays to road, and cancellations of 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.

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"It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves."

Travel Watch has issued a warning to flight passengers amid these weather reports: "Nearly two-dozen flights canceled at London City Airport, delays reported at Stansted Airport because of weather issues; flights at Heathrow and Gatwick airports reportedly operating as planned."

This comes after temperatures plummeted to -4C in parts of the UK early this morning and much of Southern England reached -3C.

On Wednesday a huge band of hail storms is set to batter the Scottish Highlands, moving its way across to Glasgow and Northern Ireland by 6.00pm.

Within an hour Fort William and Northern Scotland are forecast to see snowfall of up to 4mm per hour.

The hail storm will move South into the evening, affecting areas around Lancaster, Liverpool and Caernarfon.

Those in Manchester may be awoken through the night as hail and rain storms will arrive around 12.00am.

By February 10 snow and hail is predicted to stay clear of the UK, moving North.

Into the middle of the week, dry conditions are predicted, though the Environment Agency still has 12 active flood alerts, meaning that flooding is possible.

These are largely concentrated in southern areas and related to groundwater flooding, where the ground cannot absorb any more water and so rainfall sits on the surface.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said late last week: "We are expecting a cold front to sink south during the course of Saturday and it is going to really help clear the clouds.

"It is going to allow overnight temperatures to dip below zero and we are likely to see an increasing risk of overnight frost as we move into the early part of next week.

"Wrap up warm and close your curtains in the evening to help keep in the heat."

A spokesperson for the Met added: "It’ll be a dry week for much of the UK, with high pressure largely dominant to the south and some incursions of showers and more unsettled weather into the North West through the week.

"Tonight there’s a chance of some widespread frost for the south of England with some fairly widespread sub-zero temperatures.

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"By late Tuesday night, winds will start picking up in the North West. Although exact timing is uncertain at the moment, these gusts late on Tuesday and early Wednesday could be around 75mph in exposed coastal areas of the North West.

"By the weekend, the current outlook is a little more unsettled with breezy conditions expected, as well as some cloudier skies, albeit still relatively dry for most in the South."

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