Storms Isha and Jocelyn batter Bridgend

Bridgend County Borough Council’s highways team worked around the clock to clear roads that had been affected by Storm Isha that brought high winds and heavy rain across Wales and the UK from Sunday 21st January – followed closely by Storm Jocelyn which continues to pound the whole of the UK.

The damage from Storm Isha included localised flooding and fallen trees at 8 different locations with the JCB and chainsaw team deployed across the county borough to remove fallen trees blocking roads, meanwhile Storm Jocelyn saw the region hit with heavy gusts, causing stretches of the motorway near Swansea reduced to 20mph last night.

A yellow warning for wind continues to be in place until 3pm today – however the good news is calmer drier weather could be on the way.

Met Office: Better weather on the way

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin, speaking in a Met Office ‘Deep Dive’ video, indicated things should start to calm soon.

He said:

“The jetstream remains pretty lively as it pushes Storm Jocelyn away but it starts to split and weaken by Thursday.

“It is still a reasonably potent jet and we are still seeing low-pressure systems but, as we look further ahead into the weekend, we’ve actually got high pressure starting to move in, certainly across the southern half of the UK. The pattern is going to establish itself like this with high pressure starting to move in.

“High pressure is where the area is generally sinking and that will bring some drier weather… This setup actually looks like it’s persisting into most of next week.”


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