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Stormy weather and high tides bring new danger

Yet more wet and very windy weather will affect the country over the next few days. Along with the usual risk of flooding and impacts on travel, there's now a new danger as the strong winds combine with high tides, particularly around western and some southern coasts.

Weather warnings and forecasts

Check the forecasts daily, especially if you are travelling. These are updated regularly and are available on the Met Office website or mobile apps. Severe weather warnings are also issued when significant impacts from wind, rain, snow, ice or fog are likely in any part of the country.

Coastal danger

Falling air pressure can cause sea levels to rise by about one centimetre per millibar.  A deep area of low pressure close by in the Atlantic, very strong winds and high tides will combine over the next few days to bring big waves to many western coastal areas, and parts of the English Channel too. Along with a risk of coastal flooding you are also advised to stay away from the sea edge on beaches, rocky areas and promenades as there is a real danger of being swept into the sea. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Devon and Cornwall Police reinforced this message in a recent press release but their message applies to many other coastal areas in the coming days.

Flood warnings

More rain is likely over the next few days. Some of it will be heavy in places meaning a further risk of flooding and there's also a risk of high tides and big waves bringing flooding to some coastal areas. If you are visiting another area in the next day or so, keep an eye on flood warnings, not just for your destination but for your home or business too. You may need to take action there before you leave. Flood warnings are available from the Environment Agency (for England and Wales) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. In Northern Ireland flood advice is available on the nidirect website. Public Health England, supported by the Environment Agency and the Food Standards Authority has a factsheet with helpful advice about many of the impacts of flooding.

Travel advice

Transport agencies and operators are continuing to work hard to keep you moving, sometimes in very difficult circumstances. You can help them by checking travel advice and information before you leave.

On the roads, the Highways Agency, Traffic Scotland, Traffic Wales and Trafficwatch NI will provide all the information you need. If you are travelling by rail check out National Rail and if you are booked on a flight or ferry look at the individual operators' information before setting out.

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