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Westcountry weather: Cool, clear Christmas Day but more storms on the way

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

By Western Morning News

Westcountry weather: Cool, clear Christmas Day but more storms on the way

Picture of Friday's weather pattern

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The Westcountry is set to be treated to a cool and calm Christmas day as this week’s winter storms temporarily leave the region.

Clear overnight skies have seen a very cold start to the day, but temperatures are expected to rise quickly, to a maximum of 7C.

Despite some patchy showers, which may turn heavy along the south coast, forecasters expect most people will be able to bask in the winter sunshine as the skies remain clear for most of the day.

Although some people on higher ground may have awoken to a white start to the day as a result of sleety showers overnight, forecasters have said there is a very low chance of snow for the rest of the day.

The good weather is expected to continue into Boxing Day, when another bright and clear day is expected.

However, the Met Office has issued a fresh weather warning for Devon and Cornwall on Friday.

A less-severe "yellow-graded" weather warning is in place from midnight on Thursday until 11.59pm on Friday.

A chief forecaster at the Met Office said wind speeds would pick up again on Boxing Day evening but peak on Friday with gusts of around 80mph forecast again.

Kirk Waite, a forecaster at the Met Office, said: “We do have a few showers around and they could be heavy at times, and some of them might bring more hail, which will give a whiteness to things.”

Mr Waite said the storm coming on Friday is not expected to be as severe as we have already had.

He did say there would be quite heavy amounts of rain, which would bring “additional problems” to the places already dealing with floods.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency this morning revealed that there are currently three severe flood warnings, 108 flood warnings and 215 flood alerts in place for England and Wales.

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