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  • 17 August 2014, 22:11

Blast Of Wintry Weather Hits Parts Of Britain

Parts of Britain are getting an unexpected dose of winter weather as gale force winds send temperatures plunging.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for northern England and Scotland, with Ireland also likely to be affected by gusts which "would not be unusual in the autumn and winter".

Winds of up to 50mph were recorded on Sunday and the conditions were expected to bring a risk of flooding for some areas.

Coastal areas have been put on alert for "large waves" and forecasters have warned transport links could be hit by disruption.

Sky News weather producer Rebecca Yussuf said: "It will be unseasonably windy for the rest of Sunday and into Monday, especially in northern parts of the UK and Ireland.

"We're likely to see gale force gusts reaching 50mph, which could bring disruption to transport and outdoor activities.

"The winds will be accompanied by heavy showers that will bring a risk of localised flooding." 

The wet and chilly conditions are expected to continue into the early part of the week, with yellow "be aware" warnings in place for Monday.

Strong winds will cause temperatures to fall to well below average for late summer.

Met office spokesman Calum Maccoll said there could even be frost in parts of Scotland as temperatures approach zero later in the week.