Storm Francis to hit City of Wolverhampton!

Wet and Windy weather is on the way to the City of Wolverhampton & Wednesfield North!

This wet and windy weather is courtesy of Storm Francis – so be prepared Wednesfield!

Here is the warning your Councillors have received – here in Wednesfield North from the City Councils resilience team….Its Serious Guys!

“This week will see some very wet and windy weather, it will feel more like late autumn than the height of summer.

Today (Monday) things won’t be too bad, a lot of fine weather at first, but with a few showers developing later this afternoon/evening.

Later tonight though things will start to go downhill as Storm Francis develops and pushes in across the UK, and we will see some spells of heavy rain develop during the early hours of Tuesday morning. Rainfall amounts not especially high, but enough to bring some pools of surface water in the usual places and give some difficult travelling conditions through the Tuesday am commute in particular with poor visibility and spray. The worst of the rain will begin to clear by around mid morning on Tuesday, however the winds from Storm Francis will become progressively stronger during Tuesday morning and afternoon and will remain very strong during Tuesday night/early hours of Wednesday morning as winds gradually change from blowing from the Southwest to blow from the North.

Wind speeds look to be quite strong especially bearing in mind the time of year – possibly gusting to 50- 60mph in places. Those sorts of speeds are capable of causing some disruption and damage. With very strong winds occurring this early in the year and the trees in full leaf still I’d expect us to see quite a few trees and branches coming down during Tuesday and Tuesday night – and some damage is possible to things like marquees, stalls, billboards and outdoor seating areas etc which have multiplied over the summer. Travelling conditions will remain difficult well into early hours of Wednesday morning with strong gusty winds continuing.

Winds will gradually ease off during Wednesday as Francis clears away, although there may be a little rain around at times.

Thursday looks set to start fine, but chances are we will see more rain, and perhaps some more gusty winds later Thursday/Thursday night and into Friday as well.

There is a reasonable chance that the weekend will see much drier weather, although probably feeling quite chilly at night.

In summary then – some wet and quite windy conditions on Tuesday courtesy of Storm Francis, and there’s potential for quite a bit of disruption as a consequence.”

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more