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Yellow weather warning for strong winds issued for Kent from the early hours of tomorrow morning

By Lynn Cox

A yellow weather warning has been issued for strong winds in Kent from 4am tomorrow morning.

Met Office forecasters say a spell of strong winds is expected to affect the whole of the south east from the early hours of tomorrow morning warning and is in place until 9pm.

The strongest winds are expected near to the coast and sea fronts and nearby communities could suffer large waves and spray.

Coastal areas are expected to be battered by the winds
Coastal areas are expected to be battered by the winds

Gusts of 45 to 55mph are expected quite widely, with some more exposed locations seeing wind gusts of 60 to 65mph.

It is likely to cause travel disruption and Southeastern says train services will run at reduced speed tomorrow.

A spokesman said: "High winds are forecast tomorrow, so Network Rail will have a 50mph speed restriction in place across all Southeastern routes from 10am to 6pm.

"As a result of this, some trains may be delayed or revised.

"You may check your journey using our Journey Planner, the Live Departure Boards or follow us on Twitter @Se_Railway for further updates."

Rain is also expected overnight but most parts will be dry by dawn tomorrow.

Despite this, it is expected to stay cloudy, with winds also strengthening inland.

Gusts of 45-55 mph are expected quite widely, with some more exposed locations seeing wind gusts of 60-65 mph.

A yellow warning for strong winds has been issued from 4am to 9pm on Saturday.
A yellow warning for strong winds has been issued from 4am to 9pm on Saturday.

Delays on public transport are also likely, with longer journey times for rail and bus services.

Driving conditions could also be affected, with delays for high-sided vehicles on some exposed routes and bridges.

The minimum temperature will be 7 °C.

Earlier this week the county suffered a battering from Storm Gareth.

On the Isle of Sheppey an emu escaped from its home after it was frightened by high winds from Storm Gareth and took flight.

In Lower Halstow three boats were blown over by the winds.

Erica the emu is still missing
Erica the emu is still missing

And Gareth was also to blame for Operation Stack being implemented earlier this week on the M20 as strong winds delayed ferry crossing at the Port of Dover.

Motorists also faced delays at the Dartford Crossing as adverse weather conditions saw lane closures on the QEII Bridge.

And a Spitfire which had been due to fly over the skies of the county sporting a red nose today has had to be grounded.

Tomorrow the weather is expected to remain very windy, with coastal gales.

It will be dry at first, but rain is expected to gradually spread south east during the afternoon, with some areas expected to remain dry until after dusk.

Coastal areas are expected to be battered by the winds
Coastal areas are expected to be battered by the winds

The maximum temperature will be 13 °C.

Sunday is also said to be breezy with blustery showers, sunny spells, and will feel cold.

Patchy frost is also possible overnight into Monday and there will be sunny spells, and perhaps isolated showers later during the day.

Tuesday is set to have a frosty start but will then be fine and increasingly cloudy.

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