THE Met Office has issued an updated severe weather warning for the Cardigan area for Friday and Saturday.

Gale-force winds are now expected to cause disruption tomorrow (Friday, August 9) from mid-afternoon as well as much of Saturday.

The strong winds will also be accompanied by a band of heavy rain followed by heavy showers or thunderstorms that has the potential to bring disruption and flooding.

Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities could be affected by spray and/or large waves, with delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport expected with fallen trees possible

A Met Office spokesman said: “Unseasonably strong south-westerly winds are expected to cause some disruption. Gusts of 40-50 mph are expected inland and to around 60 mph around the coasts - particularly in association with heavy showers.

“A band of heavy rain, with the possibility of some very heavy bursts, will move northwards during Thursday night and Friday. Within this band 10-15 mm is widely expected, however some places could see as much as 30 mm in just a few hours.

“Once the rain has cleared scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop. Many places will miss these, but where they do occur 10-20 mm is possible in one hour, with perhaps 30 mm in a few hours.”