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Storms set to lash Cornwall - but no white Christmas

By CMScott  |  Posted: December 22, 2013

By Scott Hamilton

Storms hit Penzance seafront

Storms hit Penzance seafront

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The south west is bracing itself for heavy rain and very strong winds over the next few days, with severe weather warnings being issued by the Met Office.

Gusts of up to 68 miles an hour are predicted for Cornwall on Monday as we see a return to the stormy conditions of late last week.

Flood Alerts issued by the Environment Agency for the upper, middle and lower Tamar areas following last week’s storms were removed in the last 24 hours but may return.

The storms are due to hit on Monday and stay with us throughout the day and into Tuesday, with the heaviest rain predicted for Monday morning.

The Met Office have warned people to stay up to date with weather forecasts and be prepared for the severe conditions.

And the Environment Agency and Highways Agency have also issued warnings to people travelling to be with loved ones at Christmas.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: "People who are set to be away from home for the festive period are urged to check the flood situation and take precautionary steps to prepare, for example by moving valuable items to safety, before travelling. People are also urged to check the flood risk situation for their journey and at their destination.

"People are also being urged not to drive through dangerous floodwater. The Environment Agency has teams on the ground checking flood defences and monitoring river levels and will have teams ready to respond throughout the Christmas period."

John McTaggart Head of On-Road Services at the Highways Agency said: "We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions ahead of the weather being forecast for next week.

"Road users are 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 motorways and major trunk roads.

"Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close certain bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow sign-posted diversion routes."

Despite the bad weather, temperatures are expected to be higher than usual in Cornwall, with a possible high of 12 degrees predicted for Penzance.

But that will change as Christmas gets nearer.

Temperatures are set to drop across the UK on Tuesday and Wednesday with wintry weather taking hold.

However, the chances of a white Christmas in Cornwall are very slim, according to Met Office predictions, with gentle winds, a slight chance of rain and temperatures of seven degrees predicted.

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