Storm Diana brings gale force winds to Sheffield

A yellow wind warning issued by the Met Office is affecting South Yorkshire and many other regions across the UK.

Gales of up to 80mph are likely, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected.

The warning, issued for between 3am and 5pm today (Thursday), includes the likelihood of short term power loss, journey cancellations and road or bridge closures.

The Met Office statement says: “A weather system will move northeastwards across the UK on Thursday bringing widespread strong winds.

“Inland gusts of 55 mph are likely with gusts of around 65 mph in exposed locations, perhaps even more in some coastal areas in the northeast of the UK.

“Winds will moderate by late morning across western England and Wales, by mid afternoon across northern England and southeast Scotland, and by late afternoon across northeast Scotland.

“Heavy rain is also likely to affect southern and western England as well as Wales, and following on from recent wet weather this may lead to some very localised surface water flooding.”

Weather warnings are issued by the Met office’s National Severe Weather Warning Service (NSWWS) whenever severe weather has the potential to bring impacts to the UK.