THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning of wind for the district overnight tonight (Wednesday) and into tomorrow.

The warning covers North East and North West England, Northern Ireland, Yorkshire and Humber and areas of Scotland.

A very windy spell will develop during Wednesday night in association with a deep area of low pressure. The strongest winds will reach the west coast during the early hours of Thursday before spreading eastwards during the day. Westerly winds are likely to gust between 50 and 60 mph in many areas and possibly around 70 mph in some exposed locations. Winds should gradually ease from the west during Thursday afternoon. In addition, a spell of heavy rain will accompany the wind with the highest rainfall totals over parts of western Scotland.

The Met Office is issuing its usual warnings of potential damage to buildings, risk of power cuts and disruption to journeys.