It's time to batten down the hatches.

January is in for a wild and stormy few days, according to Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens.

He has warned of gale-force winds which could hit 80mph over the next seven to 10 days, with regular 50-60mph winds set to cause problems.

But the topsy-turvy weather set to hit the town from Wednesday onwards will also bring milder weather, with some days seeing temperatures double the normal for the time of year.

It’s all down to a very powerful Jet Stream, sweeping across the Atlantic and hitting northern Britain at more than 220mph.

There could be some sleet or snow in the mix but we are unlikely to see bitterly-cold temperatures.

Mr Stevens said: “We are certainly in for a spell of very changeable weather over the next seven to 10 days.

“It is a series of low-pressure bands sweeping across the country, carried along by the jet stream and bringing with it some very unsettled weather.

“There will be winds generally gusting at about 50 to 60mph but also the chance in the next few days of some gusts reaching 70mph or even 80mph in some areas."

In February 2014 Huddersfield was hit by high winds - take a look back below at 30 images showing the damage caused.


“That will be strong enough to blow over a lorry on the moorland roads or bring down large branches or trees.

“The first front will hit us on Wednesday but will be shortlived and it roars back on Friday with even stronger gales.

“The most striking feature, however, will be the temperatures. Even though there are strong winds, we could see temperatures up as high as 13 or 14° Celsius, which is double what we would normally expect at this time of year. It will then drop by some 10° over the weekend, making it seem noticeably colder.

“There is the chance of some sleet or snow on high grounds on those colder days.

“It’s the pattern we should see for the rest of this week and well into next week, with some heavy rainfall at times adding to the very wet months we endured in both November and in December.”

In December 2013 high winds ripped the roof from a house under construction in Huddersfield - watch the video below.

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