Message from the Met Office Advisor - Storm Francis Arrives Across the East Midlands Tomorrow

Message from the Met Office Advisor - Storm Francis Arrives Across the East Midlands Tomorrow

As we head towards the Bank Holiday weekend we have a rather unsettled few days ahead with particular focus on the weather tomorrow.

Today will be another day of sunshine and some scattered showers though nothing particularly disruptive. However the continued development of an area of low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean will bring some very strong and gusty winds across the East Midlands tomorrow and during the first part of Wednesday. This imminent period of very windy weather has now been named 'Storm Francis'

Increasing winds overnight tonight will become stronger during daylight hours tomorrow with gusts of 55-60mph expected in quite a few places across the East Midlands and up to 70 mph being experienced on exposed high ground, from a southwesterly direction. During the day the wind will gradually move to blow from a northwesterly point as the centre of the low pressure passes across the north of England heading eastwards - North Sea bound, but it will be daylight on Wednesday morning before calmer conditions are restored along the Lincolnshire coast.

To highlight the severity of the impending stormy weather, the Yellow Severe Weather Warning of Strong Winds issued on Saturday, has been updated. This warning is valid between 0900 on Tuesday and 0900 Wednesday. This updated warning comes with a LOW likelihood of MEDIUM impacts which means that:

  • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible
  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen
  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties

Given there are a lot of people out and about trying to make the most of the remainder of summer, trees are in full leaf and a seasonal abundance of outdoor furniture etc there is the potential for objects not usually seen in transit to be actively flying around.

Outbreaks of rain will move through quickly on the relentless wind and conditions out and about will not be pleasant. The heaviest and more persistent rain will pass to the north of the East Midlands perhaps just occasionally tickling Derbyshire at times. Waterproofs will be a much better option than trying to battle with an umbrella.

There is a green area of concern on the Flood Guidance Statement for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and part of Leicestershire on Tuesday and Wednesday to reflect the expected rainfall.

Once Storm Francis has departed taking the remnants of rain with him, Wednesday will be a much calmer, drier day.

On Thursday we can expect some sunshine but also some showers which may be heavy and thundery though at this stage not anticipated to cause significant issues.

Further showers are in store initially on Friday but becoming increasingly sparse through the day.

The Bank Holiday weekend is looking more settled with some sunny weather in store but worth bearing in mind the strength of the sun is still quite strong at this time of year for those out and about for any length of time.


The high temperatures of August 2020 have subsided though still pleasantly warm inland in prolonged sunshine but as we saunter through the twilight of summer we can expect some chilly nights ahead.

The warning and latest forecast details can be found via Hazard Manager, the Met Office App or Met Office website but I will send a Storm Francis update tomorrow morning.

Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2020 08:12 by Parish Office

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