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UK weather: ‘Last-minute getaway trips’ face disruption due to wet and windy conditions in lead up to Christmas | UK News

“Last-minute getaway trips” could be disrupted due to wet and windy weather in the run-up to Christmas, the RAC has warned.

A number of yellow weather warnings for rain and wind are coming into force from Saturday 23 December until Christmas Day morning, mainly affecting northern Scotland but stretching down to parts of the east and west of England and parts of Wales.

Warnings for snow and ice also cover Inverness, Orkney and the Shetland islands. They were in place since 9pm today and last until 12pm tomorrow.

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The Met Office warned of potential disruption, adding that strong winds can cause cancellations to road, rail, air and ferry services.

“With this latest weather warning affecting a large area of Scotland and parts of northern England, there is the chance travellers’ last-minute getaway trips could be disrupted,” Rod Dennis, a spokesperson for RAC Breakdown, added.

“If trains are significantly delayed people are more likely to shift to the roads, which could add to already exceptionally high traffic volumes. Nationally, we expect around 3.2m separate getaway journeys to be made today by car.”

Passengers at St Pancras International station, London, as Christmas getaway chaos is expected to continue as the backlog from the suspension of cross-Channel rail services begins to clear and the weather remains unsettled. An unexpected strike by Eurotunnel French site staff on Thursday led to widespread disruption, before it came to end in the evening, with trade union representatives reaching an agreement with management. Picture date: Friday December 22, 2023.

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This notice was published: 2023-12-22 20:27:00

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