STRONG winds and heavy rain could batter the Cheshire this week.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for wind and rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.

High pressure which has been responsible for the dry and fine Easter weekend has moved away to the east, to be replaced by a westerly Atlantic regime, with periods of winds and rain to come.

Strong winds with gusts of between 45-50mph are expected inland and perhaps in excess of 60mph for a time around some Irish Sea coastal areas.

Steven Keates, Met Office chief meteorologist, said: “There’s a distinct possibility of some disruptive wind for parts of the UK, especially in the western areas, as well as potential for heavy rainfall.

“Gusts of wind could be in excess of 60mph in some exposed upland or coastal regions, with around 35-50mm of rain possible for some areas.”

Forecasters are warning of potential travel disruption to road, air and ferry transport.

Bus and train services are likely to be affected, with some journeys taking longer.

Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/pr large waves.

The low pressure is likely to gradually move into the North Sea late through Thursday, though there are signals for some further rain to come later next week.