BBC weather’s Carol Kirkwood has forecast severe gale to hit the UK at rush hour on Thursday causing disruption, power cuts and damage to trees, from a beautiful setting in Bourton-on-the-Water.
Ms Kirkwood, a BBC meteorologist told BBC Breakfast viewers: “Good morning from Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, often referred to as the Venice of the Cotswold and you can see why.
“The River Windrush here and these lovely little bridges and across them is a very attractive part of the world, even in all this cloud.”
Ms Kirkwood warned viewers to watch out for disruption on Thursday morning after she forecasted heavy rain and strong winds in the north of the UK.
She added: “By the end of Wednesday night and beginning of Thursday morning we will have gales, maybe even severe gales, especially with exposure across parts of Scotland.
“Across the central lowlands for the rush hour we could have gusts of 60 MPH and that could lead to some disruption.
“It could lead to power cuts and do damage to trees for example.
“It is also going to be windy across Northern Ireland and northern England. They’ll be strong winds here.
“For the rest of us it is also going to be windy and as well as the wind there is going to be heavy rain pushing across us.
“It will cross all of us quite quickly, getting into the south-east and then clearing. It will leave blustery skies, with some sunny skies behind, but they’ll be more rain coming in across Scotland.”
Despite bleak conditions being forecast in the latter half of the week, bookmaker Coral has slashed its odds on this summer being the hottest on record.
It is now just 4/6 for this month to reach more than 30 degrees Celsius and 4/1 for the hottest ever June day, which is currently 35.6 degrees Celsius.
Coral spokesman John Hill said: “We’ve seen a huge gamble on this summer being the hottest ever in the UK.
“Punters are convinced that we are in for a treat with temperatures reaching record breaking heights.”
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