Today, the Met Office has raised its weather warnings to amber for wind across various regions of the UK. Storm Isha is anticipated to unleash robust winds across numerous areas, including Buxton and the Peak District. These local wind speeds may surpass the initial forecasts from yesterday, prompting the Met Office to upgrade the weather warnings this morning.
Amber Weather Warning could bring winds of up to
An Amber Warning is in place across most of the UK, except for some areas in the south east of England, from 6pm on Sunday 21st January until 6am on Monday 22nd January.
What is an Amber Weather Warning?
- Population-wide adverse health effects experienced, not limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat, leading to serious illness or danger to life.
- Substantial changes in working practices and daily routines will be required.
- High risk of failure of heat-sensitive systems and equipment, potentially leading to localised loss of power and other essential services, such as water or mobile phone services.
- Significantly more people visiting coastal areas, lakes and rivers, leading to an increased risk of water safety incidents.
- Delays on roads and road closures, along with delays and cancellations to rail and air travel, with significant welfare issues for those who experience even moderate delays.
Much the same as the Red Warning with a possible danger to life from the heat.
People are being urged to stay hydrated – that means drinking plenty of water, rather than caffeinated drinks. Look out for vulnerable people, keep your curtains closed on the sunny side of the house and stay out of the sun in the middle of the day.
The latest heatwave has brought warnings of disruption to travel with rail firm Avanti West Coast tweeting that services might be cancelled at short notice at the weekend, with amended timetables and extended journey times expected on Monday and Tuesday.
Network Rail said it was preparing the railway to keep passengers safe “ahead of next week’s very high temperatures”.