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School term faces stormy start

Autumn is set for a wet and windy start as children return to school after their summer holiday, according to the Met Office.

Heavy rain, strong winds, thunder, lightning and hail are all predicted over the coming week across the whole country.

The Met Office is considering weather to issue severe weather warnings, according to forecaster Tom Morgan.

"I think at the moment we are considering weather warnings, it depends on how we see things panning out, but there is certainly a chance," he said.

There is a chance winds will reach in excess of 50mph in exposed areas such as beaches, while severe gales of 40-50mph are expected.

Winds of that speed would be eight or nine on the Beaufort scale. 12 on the scale is a hurricane.

The South West, Western Wales and parts of the South are expected to be see the worst of the strong winds.

Most parts of the country will see rain, with thunder, lightning and possibly hail more likely in the North and North Midlands.

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