Storm Imogen brings gales to southern areas of Britain

An area of low pressure, which will bring some very strong winds across southern parts of the UK as it moves eastwards on Monday, has been named as Storm Imogen.

Gusts of 60-70 mph are possible in southern England and parts of south Wales with 80 mph gusts possible in exposed coastal districts. Some very large waves are also likely along some coasts, especially along the north coast of Cornwall and Devon.

The Met Office has today (Sunday 7 February) issued an Amber “be prepared” National Severe Weather Warning for for wind for Storm Imogen which is valid from 3 am until 6 pm on Monday.  There is also a larger Yellow “be aware” Severe Weather Warning for wind valid from 3 am to 6 pm on Monday.

Surface Pressure Chart Monday 8 Februrary

Surface Pressure Chart Monday 8 Februrary

There remains some uncertainty just how far north and east the strongest of the winds will extend. However, you can keep up to date with the latest for your area using our forecast pages and by checking the Severe weather warnings.

Storm Imogen follows Storm Henry, which passed close to the north of Scotland through Monday 1 February 2016 into Tuesday 2 Feb.

Winds are expected to ease through Tuesday leading to a short drier, quieter and colder interlude for many on Wednesday before more wind and rain follows later in the week.

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5 Responses to Storm Imogen brings gales to southern areas of Britain

  1. jbenton2013 says:

    Another day, another named winter’s breeze. It’s all becoming rather tedious.

  2. I can think of something else which is tedious.

  3. It’s odd how Needles Battery on the coast of the Isle of Wight always seems to record much stronger wind gusts than other coastal recording stations in southern and western Britain (96 mph today, whereas speeds just over 80 mph were rather more typical).

  4. xmetman says:

    I made Imogen the least most powerful of all previous named storms from A to H. It’s the first of the nine to seriously affect the south of England, and I can understand that alerts were necessary, but this wasn’t a ‘storm’ in the strict meteorological sense, and the centre of the low was many hundreds of miles north of the tightening of isobars that was Imogen:

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