Strong winds set to sweep away sunny spell

Strong winds are set to batter Britain this weekend, bringing a blustery end to the recent sunny spell.

Gusts of around 60mph are expected along exposed coastlines with the South West and South East forecast to be worst affected.

Campers and those hoping to enjoy their weekend outdoors have been warned to be careful amid "unseasonably strong" winds, and travellers are being warned of possible disruption to transport.

The conditions are expected to be accompanied by "heavy, blustery showers", the Met Office said.

The forecaster has issued a yellow weather warning for southern parts of Wales, the West Midlands, the South East, South West and east of England, as winds inland are expected to reach 45mph.

Temperatures are expected to drop from a high of 28C earlier this week to the low 20s or high teens in many parts.

Cornwall Council said emergency services officers will be on standby in case of problems including fallen trees and overturned vehicles.

Meteorologist Helen Roberts said: "It will feel quite chilly and noticeably cooler - there will be a noticeable change for just about everyone."

Winds will peak on Saturday, with Sunday expected to see more settled conditions.

Ms Roberts added: "Winds will ease off but it will still be breezy, a bit wet and quite blustery in some places."