STRONG winds are set to batter Yorkshire as Britain experiences a “short, sharp shock” of colder temperatures after the Indian summer.
Gale-force northerly winds will develop in coastal areas of eastern England with the likelihood of winds gusting between 50 and 60 miles an hour in places on Thursday along the east coast of Britain, the Met Office warned.
The high winds have the potential to cause “minor” disruption in some areas because of large waves in the North Sea which could possibly breach sea walls in some areas and cause roads to flood.
People are being urged to avoid coastal paths and promenades in the affected areas.
The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning affecting the East Midlands, East of England, North East England and Yorkshire and Humber regions.
“We have an area of low pressure that has passed close to northern Scotland and that is moving southwards into the North East overnight and tomorrow,” Laura Young, spokeswoman for the Met Office said on Wednesday.
“That is going to cause these gale-force winds to spread along the eastern coast which will include north-east Scotland and right the way down, during the course of the day, the eastern coast of the UK.
“This could cause some large waves, although it will be very low impact to the general public. There is a potential for minor coastal disruption due to large waves. This could, in some circumstances, have the potential to overtop sea walls.”
The Environment Agency warned that strong winds and large waves could cause “minor disruption” along the North Sea coast from Yorkshire to Essex.
“Spray and waves may overtop sea walls and people are urged to stay safe and avoid coastal paths and promenades,” a spokesman said.
“The high winds and localised flooding on roads could make driving conditions difficult in coastal areas.”
The high winds will be accompanied by colder weather with temperatures expected to plunge as low as freezing in parts of Scotland.
Laura Caldwell, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said Britain would feel the contrast after basking in above-average temperatures as high as 22C (72F) in some areas in recent days.
Temperatures would reach a maximum of 13C (55F) during the day and plunge into single figures overnight in many parts of Britain, she said.