Issued at: 0440 on Fri 12 Dec 2014
Valid from: 0500 on Fri 12 Dec 2014
Valid to: 0900 on Fri 12 Dec 2014

Southwesterly gales, severe along some coasts, and accompanied by a short spell of heavy rain, are expected to affect parts of southern England, the south Midlands and East Anglia during the first part of today, before easing from the west this morning. Winds will briefly gust to 50 or 60 mph inland, most likely across southern England and may reach 70-75 mph in some exposed coastal districts. This is an update to the warning first issued on Tuesday, to remove it from Wales and southwest England where the worst of the weather has now eased. The public should be aware of the risk of damage to trees, disruption to travel and possibly to power supplies, as well as a lot of surface water and spray on roads.

Chief Forecasters assessment

A deepening area of low pressure running quickly east northeast across England will cross the Wash and move out into the North Sea this morning. The strongest winds seem likely to be focused through the English Channel, affecting coastal areas of the south and southeast in particular. Inland, strong gusts will be rather more hit and miss but are more likely to accompany the heavy rain along the squally cold front.