Warning of 60mph gusts

People on the promenade in Blackpool during stormy weather at the end of last year L
People on the promenade in Blackpool during stormy weather at the end of last year L
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Prepare to batten down the hatches this weekend, as 60mph gusts are expected to batter the Fylde coast.

Forecasters are warning heavy winds and rain will lash the coastline, as a 250mph jet stream surges in from the Atlantic – sparking fears it could wreak havoc to travel and power lines.

The powerful jet stream will hit in earnest overnight into Friday.

Mark Wilson, meteorologist for the Met Office, said: “There are areas of low pressure that are pushing through.

“The centre of the low pressure will hit Scotland, bringing strong winds in the north of the UK.

“Strong winds are expected across Blackpool.

“We expect to see winds starting to pick up on Thursday night into Friday with gusts of between 50 and 60mph and some rain around through the course of Friday.

“The second low pressure system moves in throughout Saturday, with strong winds expected.

“It will be worse through the morning, then the winds will ease throughout the day.

“If you have got outdoor plans, just bear this in mind as 60mph gusts are strong, even for this time of year.”

The extra-fast jet stream has been triggered by plunging temperatures in the United States which has hit warmer air south, stirring up potent winds and prompting the Met Office to issue some yellow warnings in the north of the country.

Residents are being advised to check the weather forecast before making any plans this weekend.

Mr Wilson added: “Our best advice is to be aware of the strong winds and to check our weather warnings.

“It could have an impact on transport and services, and cause structural damage.” “

“With winds this strong there are concerns to transport and power lines.”

Gusts touching 70mph affected much of the Fylde coast in December as a ‘weather bomb’ phenomenon – caused by a storm which increases in size and power as the pressure at its centre drops drastically – hit the UK. Bank Hey Street in Blackpool closed for six hours on December 11 after safety concerns were raised about falling debris.

- High tide in Blackpool will be 1.36pm tomorrow and 2.10pm on Saturday.