Gusts give way to cold snap with temperatures set to plunge
Gusts as high as 77mph were recorded in High Bradfield, Yorkshire, on Thursday whilst the Isle of Wight saw winds of 69mph.
Britons can expect a calmer and more settled end to the week after high winds swept across England and Wales on Thursday.
A yellow wind warning covered all of southern England, Wales and up to Yorkshire and the Humber for the majority of the day.
Gusts as high as 77mph were recorded in High Bradfield, Yorkshire, whilst the Isle of Wight saw winds of 69mph.
In Epsom, Surrey, a four-year-old boy and his mother were injured by bricks falling from a building – wind and poor light meant it was not possible to secure the roof and brickwork of the damaged building after the incident as it was unsafe to install the scaffolding needed.
Stepping out this morning? 🏃♀️ It's below freezing across much of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but noticeably milder across southern parts of England and Wales #FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/cvoFR61Usi— Met Office (@metoffice) January 5, 2018
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “All the warnings have now expired for wind, which is good news. There will be a breeze around, particularly across the south of the country, and thereafter it gradually turns a lot more settled into the weekend.
“By the time we get through to Saturday night and Sunday most of the rain will have cleared, so for many it will be dry and brighter with some sunshine.”
However, the weekend will also see a cold snap that is expected to bring plummeting temperatures and widespread frost.
Across parts of Scotland temperatures on Saturday night could fall as far as minus 10C (14F).