GALES of up to 70mph have torn through Britain overnight, bringing travel disruptions to the north.
The Met Office had warned the weather in the north of the country would be particularly windy last night and it will continue today.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the north of the country as the peak of the strongest winds is likely to coincide with rush hour, causing travel disruption for commuters.
There could be some delays to road, rail and air transport with the strong winds having a bigger impact on high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges.
Residents in Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne were also told they would experience some short term power loss.
Steven Keates, a Met Office meteorologist, told the Sun Online: “We’ll have some very strong gusty winds, potentially up to 60mph and maybe higher than that in some areas.
“There will be a few showers across the north of Scotland and for the rest of England there will be quite a lot of cloud with some fog around parts of the south.”
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Temperatures are expected to rise to as much as 13C by Friday – some six degrees above the average for the time of year.
“By Friday the next batch of rain will be pushing into Northern Ireland and Scotland,” said Mr Keates.
“A good part of England and Wales should be mostly dry by this stage.”
The warmer weather is in stark contrast to the snowy conditions seen across Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Tuesday after temperatures had plunged to -6.6C.
Throughout the weekend it’s expected to be a “bit of a mixed bag” with changeable conditions as the temperature will stay in the low teens in many places.
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Roadside assistance Green Flag warned the changing conditions meant they expected a staggering 27 call outs each minute over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to total 116,882 call outs over three days.
Snow depths of 15cm were recorded at Tulloch Bridge in Scotland and motorists were stranded on the M74 for hours overnight into Tuesday as wintry conditions hit some areas of the country.
An official snow reading of 2cm was made at Lough Fea in Northern Ireland, and snow also fell in parts of Wales and England, mostly on higher ground.