Strong winds to continue – and snow flurries possible

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GALES and wintry showers are expected to last throughout the week with gusts of 75mph possible.

The Met Office has issued several weather warnings for the UK due to a deepening area of low pressure that could create winds of 50 to 65mph with even stronger gusts over exposed areas.

The alerts run until the end of Thursday and include the risk of wintry showers, with snow likely on higher ground.

The warning states: “As well as the very strong winds, a band of squally rain is likely to sweep eastwards across many parts through the period.

“The exact track of this system is still open to some uncertainty, as is the location of the strongest winds and it is likely that this warning will be reviewed in the coming days to fine tune the areas at risk from the impacts.”

Gales have caused disruption across the North East over the last few days with roads closed, cars and buildings damaged and the Sunderland Empire theatre had a statue on its roof blown over.