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Severe Weather Warning

To:  Oxfordshire Town & Parish Councils

Dear all,

I am emailing to raise awareness of a severe weather warning that has been received by us from the Met Office for the early hours of Friday morning.

Advice from the Met office indicates that on Thursday / Friday:

An area of low pressure develops to the west of the UK during Thursday and moves east overnight.  There are still some uncertainties around the depth and track of the low pressure so it will need watching carefully. 

Isolated showers will die out during the morning but cloud and rain will spread east during the afternoon and evening, becoming more widespread and locally heavy overnight.  The rain is expected to clear around dawn.  We could see 20-30 mm of rain from this system with surface water flooding likely in places along with difficult driving conditions.

As the low pressure moves east overnight the wind will strengthen to become a strong to gale force south-westerly with gusts of 50-60 mph quite widely.  These winds may lead to some tree damage and difficult driving conditions.  The wind will turn west to north-westerly and gradually decrease during Friday morning. 

The Met Office has issued a Yellow WIND Alert (Very Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts) to cover the risk from the strong winds on Thursday night.  This alert will be kept under review and updated as required. 

Warnings and Alerts can be viewed on the Met Office website at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map.  Please keep an eye on the Met Office website for updates. 

Further Ahead:

Once the rain has cleared on Friday morning it will be mainly dry with sunny spells.  Saturday will be generally dry although an isolated shower cannot be ruled out.  Sunday will be rather cloudy with outbreaks of rain or showers at times.

Whilst it is difficult to predict the level of impact upon Oxfordshire, we thought it useful to raise awareness locally of the anticipated weather so that Town and Parish councils can check community emergency plans and if you are particularly at risk of high-winds (such as in areas of forests etc), you have time to plan accordingly.

Kind regards,

Louise Docker

Emergency Planning Officer

Oxfordshire County Council, Emergency Planning Unit

01865 323762 | 07826 535740 |  louise.docker@oxfordshire.gov.uk