The Highways Agency is advising road users to be cautious as gales are expected in several regions on Thursday.

The Agency has issued an amber alert warning drivers in the North East, North West, East Midlands and West Midlands that high winds of up to 70mph are forecast from the early hours of the morning and through to 5pm. Road users driving high-sided vehicles are being urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions once they are on the strategic road network. Met Office forecasters based in the Agency’s National Traffic Operations Centre are predicting a gale force westerly wind in the Pennines during the early hours of Thursday, which will become more widespread and strengthen throughout the morning.

The North Midlands and Norfolk will also be affected.

Weather forecasts can be found HERE

Christopher Macgowan