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All of Norfolk could be hit by Storm Freya gusts as Met Office extends warning area

PUBLISHED: 09:21 03 March 2019 | UPDATED: 07:41 04 March 2019

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning because of Storm Freya. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning because of Storm Freya. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

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All of Norfolk is now covered by the weather warning which forecasters issued around Storm Freya - after the area which could be battered by winds was extended.

Forecasters had been warning that parts of north and north west Norfolk could be hit by winds as the storm sweeps across the UK.

Areas such as Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Dereham were initially not covered by the yellow warning of wind.

But at just after 10am today (Sunday, March 3) the Met Office announced it had altered the area covered by the yellow warning of wind, adding all of Norfolk and more of Cambridgeshire. Northernmost parts of England were removed.

The Met Office warned that injuries and danger to life from flying debris is possible as the storm brings “very strong winds”.

The weather warning is in place from 3pm today until 6am tomorrow.

Dan Holley, forecaster for University of East Anglia-based Weatherquest had earlier said gusts of up to 60mph were likely in the most northerly parts of the county tonight, with winds of 45mph to 55mph likely in other areas of Norfolk and Suffolk.

He added that squally showers were also possible, particularly in parts of Suffolk during the early hours.

The Met Office has warned the public in affected areas to expect “injuries and danger to life from flying debris”, as well as some damage to buildings and trees, such as tiles blown from roofs and fallen branches.

The storm could also cause power cuts with the potential to affect other services such as mobile phone coverage.

The alert also warns about injuries and danger to life that could come from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts and coastal roads.

The warning came as forecasters provisionally announced that last month set a new temperature record, with average maximum daily peaks of 10C.

This beat the previous record of 9.8C, set in 1998.

Despite the start of the month seeing snow and freezing temperatures, the Met Office also said that the average mean temperature for February was 6.0C - the second warmest on record.

Clear skies and colder nights prevented the total average from being beaten, but the mean minimum daily temperature was still “well above average”, according to the forecaster.

With the high temperatures came plenty of sunshine, and last month has provisionally been named the second sunniest February on record for the whole of the UK.

But storm Freya’s arrival will bring a much less spring-like start to March.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “What we have got is a storm developing quite rapidly to the south and west of the UK.

“It will be developing as it goes across the UK and it will be bringing very strong winds.”

He added that gusts of 55mph to 65mph are “likely quite widely within the warning area and there is the potential for isolated gusts to reach 70 and 80mph”.

Wind speeds will be highest in coastal areas in Devon, Cornwall, Wales and north-west England, Mr Madge said.

The storm may also bring snow to areas more than 200 to 300 metres above sea level but temperatures will be “probably just above average for the time of year”, according to Mr Madge.

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