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High winds predicted during August bank holiday weekend
Hold to your umbrellas – the weekend is set to get a whole lot windier.
The Met Office is forecasting wind speeds of 32mph on Brighton Beach on Saturday, August 25 with gusts of up to 54mph when storms hit the coast.
Traders in the city are hoping the potential bad weather will not put visitors off as they prepare for the last bank holiday of the year before Christmas.
Tony Mernagh, the chief executive of the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, said as long as the rain stayed away, the city could have a good weekend.
He said: “Rain is no good for anybody because people are just likely to stay at home.
“If it is overcast, people are likely to come out and go shopping but then they may not go to the beach.
“However, if the weather is sunny, like last weekend, then the traders on the beach do well and things are less good for retailers.”
Traders and businesses remained upbeat despite the poor forecast.
Peter Allinson from the North Laine Traders Association urged people not to be put off by the weather.
He said: “All our traders will be doing everything they can to make the city a welcoming place for visitors.
“There is so much that Brighton and Hove has to offer for people to enjoy, whether there is rain, wind or sunshine.
“I would urge people to make the most of the weekend and come along whatever the forecasters are saying.
“They can often get it wrong anyway.”
Alex Boi, the assistant manager of the Fortune of War pub on the seafront, said: “If the weather is as bad as forecast then we would expect trade to be affected.
“It is disappointing because a busy and sunny bank holiday makes all the difference.”
Andrew Whitlaw, the manager of the Oriental Guest House in Oriental Place, Brighton, said they were fully booked for the weekend.
Gillian Mylles, the deputy general manager of the Hotel du Vin in Ship Street, said: “Things are looking pretty busy for the weekend but obviously it would be better for us if the weather was going to be sunny because that is what brings people out.”
Paul Knightley, a senior forecaster with the Press Association's weather company, MeteoGroup, said: “After a blisteringly hot spell last weekend, forecasters predict that areas of low pressure will sweep in from the west, bringing wet weather and much lower temperatures.
"Last week’s hot weather is being shoved aside rather rudely by a succession of areas of low pressure coming in from the west.”
Saturday is expected to be the worst day of the weekend but organisers of the JLS concert at the County Ground in Hove on Monday will be keeping a close eye on the forecast over the next few days.
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