Winds of 60mph forecast for parts of Norfolk as Storm Malik hits UK

Wind and rain drive the waves onto the beach and pier at Cromer.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Strong winds are predicted for Norfolk as Storm Malik arrives in the UK.

Parts of Norfolk are forecasted to see winds of up to 60mph as Storm Malik arrives in the UK.

A yellow weather warning for strong winds set to last until Monday, January 31 has been issued which covers most of Norfolk.

The Met Office has said that the winds will likely cause some travel disruption and could generate large and dangerous waves around the coast.

On Saturday (January 29), parts of Norfolk saw winds of nearly 60mph.

Dan Jolley, a Weatherquest meteorologist, tweeted Weybourne had seen the strongest winds so far with gusts of 59mph.

The north Norfolk coast is set to be the most affected by Storm Malik with winds of 61mph predicted overnight between Sunday, January 30, and Monday, January 31 for Cromer.

Other coastal areas are not predicted to be as badly hit by the winds, with speeds of 50mph predicted in Great Yarmouth and 54mph in Hunstanton.

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Similar speeds are forecasted for central Norfolk.

Norfolk County Council advised drivers to proceed carefully and have confirmed gritters will be out in areas of Norfolk on Sunday.

Flood alerts were issued on Sunday for the coast between Bacton to Ostend, including Walcott.

The Environment Agency warning said: "Tides are expected to be higher than usual due to Storm Malik.

"The Coast Road at Walcott may see some wave overtopping and spray.

"Take care on coastal roads and footpaths, and don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. We are monitoring the situation and will keep you updated of the flood risk." 

Elsewhere in the UK, winds are predicted to reach speeds of 80mph with parts of Scotland reporting 100mph gusts.

An amber weather warning has been issued in East Scotland including Aberdeen where a woman has been killed by a falling tree.