Met Office warning as strong winds hit Sussex

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Strong winds and heavy rain are expected to hit Sussex this afternoon (March 26) and Easter Monday as the Met Office issues two severe weather warnings.

A swathe of strong winds, accompanied by a band of heavy rain will move east across Sussex during this afternoon and early evening.

This is expected to bring gusts of 40-50 mph to inland areas, perhaps 60 mph across exposed coasts and hills well as on the passage of the cold front

Heavy rain could also lead to flooding in some areas.

The Met Office’s Chief forecaster said, “An active frontal zone is expected to move east across the country through Saturday, accompanied by strong, gusty winds and one or two spells of heavy rain.

“Whilst expected wind gusts will not be unusual for March, the fact that it is Easter may lead to a few extra problems.

“Winds should ease markedly as the front clears through, particularly in the south.”

On Easter Monday (March 28) Winds will strengthen markedly across southern England with the potential for 50-60 mph gusts inland and 70 mph gusts around the coast.

Additional hazards may include large waves around exposed coasts as well as a period of heavy rain.

Forecasters hope the weather should ease off by early afternoon for most of the south east.

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