A YELLOW weather warning issued by the Met Office will be in place until this evening, as the UK is hit by strong winds.

Gusts of 30 to 42mph may cause some disruption throughout the day and journeys may take longer on bus and train services today which is turning out to be a mix of blustery showery showers and sunny spells, with temperatures remaining rather chilly.

Short-term loss of power and other services could also occur, with delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely.

The warning covers the majority of the UK and will be in place until around 10pm tonight (Monday April 15).

Tips for staying safe during high winds

1. Protect property from damage and other people from injury

Check for loose items outside your home and plan how you could secure them in high winds.
Items to check and secure include bins, plant pots, garden furniture, trampolines and sheds

2. Things to do before a journey

  • Plan your route, check for delays and road closures
  • Listen out for travel updates on your car radio/sat nav
  • If you don't have essentials in your car then pack for the worst (warm clothing, food, drink, blanket, torch)
  • Take a fully charged mobile phone with an in-car charger or battery pack

3. Driving safely in strong wind

  • Drive slowly to minimise the impact of wind gusts
  • Be aware of high sided vehicles/caravans on more exposed roads
  • Be cautious overtaking high sided vehicles/caravans
  • Make sure to hold the steering wheel firmly
  • Give cyclists, motorcyclists, lorries and buses more room than usual

4. Avoiding injury if you're out and about

Stay indoors as much as possible. If venturing outside, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees

Tomorrow's weather

The forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday April 16) looks brighter.

A drier day is expected with sunny spells although the odd shower will still be possible.

It will be another breezy day, although winds will be much lighter than today, with a maximum temperature of 12 °C.