WINDS of 60mph are expected to batter the south of the country today (Friday, May 20).

The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning that covers 16 counties – Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan.

Due to the weather warning expect delays on roads and public transport, while coastal roads could also be affected by large waves.

The high winds could also result in damage to temporary outdoor structures and branches breaking from trees.

The areas affected by the Met Office’s yellow weather warning

The warning runs from 6:00pm BST on Thursday and lasts until 9:00pm on Friday.

Winds in western areas of the country are already rising this morning with strong gusts and worsening sea conditions already reported in Milford Haven and up Wales’ west coast as far as Aberystwyth.

Due to deteriorating sea conditions, it’s possible that ferry services from Pembroke Dock and Fishguard may be affected so make sure to keep an eye on social media for the latest news and travel updates if you’re planning to travel today.

The strength of the wind may also affect planes taking off or landing at Cardiff Airport, no flights have been affected yet but that may change as the weather worsens during the day.

As the situation develops during the day, we will update this post accordingly.