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This is the dramatic moment an easyJet pilot was forced to abort a landing at Gatwick today as Storm Nelson battered Britain with high winds and heavy rain.

An astonishing video showed flight EZY52FR from Faro in Portugal coming into land in torrential conditions just after 12.30pm before wobbling then pulling up again.

The flight on an Airbus A320 circled around West Sussex for ten minutes then landed successfully on the second attempt. EasyJet has yet to comment on the incident.

It comes as the storm caused chaos in the UK with 80mph gusts, snow, hail and thunder as parks were closed, ferries cancelled and rail operators warned of delays.

The Met Office extended a 17-hour wind warning to cover the whole of England’s south coast from Cornwall to Kent and up to Suffolk with strong gusts until midnight.

DFDS had to cancel some ferries from Dover to Calais and Dieppe to Newhaven, while Thameslink warned rail passengers that the winds could delay trains today.

The forecast had an impact on London, with Kew Gardens set to close early at 3pm due to the conditions, along with parts of Bushy Park and Kensington Gardens.

An easyJet pilot has to abort a landing at London Gatwick Airport today in the strong winds

An easyJet pilot has to abort a landing at London Gatwick Airport today in the strong winds 

The flight circled around for ten minutes then landed successfully on the second attempt

The flight circled around for ten minutes then landed successfully on the second attempt

EasyJet flight EZY52FR from Faro in Portugal came into land at Gatwick around 12.30pm today

EasyJet flight EZY52FR from Faro in Portugal came into land at Gatwick around 12.30pm today


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Large waves crash over the harbour wall as Storm Nelson arrives at Newhaven in Sussex today

Large waves crash over the harbour wall as Storm Nelson arrives at Newhaven in Sussex today

Storm Nelson brings heavy rain and strong winds to Bournemouth seafront in Dorset today

Storm Nelson brings heavy rain and strong winds to Bournemouth seafront in Dorset today

People take cover on Brighton beach in East Sussex today as Storm Nelson hits Britain

People take cover on Brighton beach in East Sussex today as Storm Nelson hits Britain

People watch the stormy weather on Brighton beach today as Storm Nelson batters the coast

People watch the stormy weather on Brighton beach today as Storm Nelson batters the coast

Pedestrians brave the heavy rain and gusty conditions on Westminster Bridge today

Pedestrians brave the heavy rain and gusty conditions on Westminster Bridge today

TODAY: Wet and windy conditions are expected to hit many parts of Britain throughout today

TODAY: Wet and windy conditions are expected to hit many parts of Britain throughout today 

Dartmoor Zoo in Devon shut because of the winds, while National Trust sites such as Needles Old Battery and Mottisfont Gardens in Hampshire also had to close.

Some snow even fell in parts of Devon and Wales overnight – after accumulations also built up at the other end of the UK in the Scottish Highlands earlier this week.

Nearly 3in (8cm) was recorded this morning at Sennybridge in Powys, while 2in (5cm) settled on the ground overnight at North Wyke, just north of Dartmoor.

The Met Office said exposed coastal areas could face 70mph gusts. A top speed of 78mph was recorded at Cairngorm in Scotland and 59mph on the Isles of Scilly.

Devon council officials said teams worked ‘all night to keep the roads passable but drive with extreme care, avoid high roads and stick to main roads where possible.’

Storm Nelson brings heavy rain and strong winds to Bournemouth seafront in Dorset today

Storm Nelson brings heavy rain and strong winds to Bournemouth seafront in Dorset today

Swimmers take a dip in the rough seas by the Cobb harbour at Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Swimmers take a dip in the rough seas by the Cobb harbour at Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Cars drive through the heavy rain on the A3 in Surrey near Chessington this afternoon

Cars drive through the heavy rain on the A3 in Surrey near Chessington this afternoon

Strong waves crash into Dawlish in Devon as Storm Nelson strikes Britain this morning

Strong waves crash into Dawlish in Devon as Storm Nelson strikes Britain this morning

Storm Nelson brings heavy rain and strong winds to Bournemouth seafront in Dorset today

Storm Nelson brings heavy rain and strong winds to Bournemouth seafront in Dorset today

Waves crash over the harbour wall at Dover in Kent this afternoon

Waves crash over the harbour wall at Dover in Kent this afternoon 

People take photos of the waves as Storm Nelson batters the coast at Brighton this morning

People take photos of the waves as Storm Nelson batters the coast at Brighton this morning

Storm Nelson brings heavy rain and strong winds to Bournemouth seafront in Dorset today

Storm Nelson brings heavy rain and strong winds to Bournemouth seafront in Dorset today

A man photographs waves as they hit the sea wall at Seaton in Cornwall this morning

A man photographs waves as they hit the sea wall at Seaton in Cornwall this morning

Vehicles splash through floodwater on country road in Eton near Windsor in Berkshire today

Vehicles splash through floodwater on country road in Eton near Windsor in Berkshire today

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

The UK overnight low this morning was -4.9C (23.2F) at Cairngorm, while Devon fell to -1.2C (29.8F) at Okehampton. Newcastle and Inverness dropped to 0C (32F).

Rose Mallard, 50, a smallholder from near Bideford in north Devon, said: ‘To wake up to see the snow settled and a beautiful blue sky was a gift.’

Forecasters say an area of rain, sleet and hill snow is moving north across the UK as holidaymakers prepare to embark on Easter getaways.

Oli Claydon of the Met Office said: ‘There is still a chance of some snow over the Scottish hills as the weather front moves northwards.

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists in the county are warned to take extra care

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists in the county are warned to take extra care

HMP Dartmoor stands against a backdrop of snow in Devon this afternoon

HMP Dartmoor stands against a backdrop of snow in Devon this afternoon

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Pedestrians brave the heavy rain and gusty conditions on Westminster Bridge today

Pedestrians brave the heavy rain and gusty conditions on Westminster Bridge today

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as drivers are told to take extra care

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as drivers are told to take extra care

Snowy conditions in Princetown near Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Snowy conditions in Princetown near Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Cars drive through the heavy rain on the A3 in Surrey near Chessington this afternoon

Cars drive through the heavy rain on the A3 in Surrey near Chessington this afternoon

A dog walker in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this morning

A dog walker in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this morning

Sheep in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today amid the wintry conditions

Sheep in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today amid the wintry conditions 

A dog in snowy conditions near Bideford in Devon this morning

A dog in snowy conditions near Bideford in Devon this morning

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today amid a warning for drivers across the county

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today amid a warning for drivers across the county

Cars drive through the heavy rain on the A3 in Surrey near Chessington this afternoon

Cars drive through the heavy rain on the A3 in Surrey near Chessington this afternoon 

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as holidaymakers prepare for Easter getaways

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as holidaymakers prepare for Easter getaways

A goose walks across snow covered ground on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

A goose walks across snow covered ground on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

‘The weather story now really turns into an area of low pressure that’s going to bring some very strong wind and rain.’

Yellow weather warnings for rain and strong winds were issued across parts of Northern Ireland and the south of England respectively.

Forecasters say heavy downpours could impact travel in County Antrim and County Down, with up to 1.2in (30mm) falling in some areas today.

Easter weekend is set to be ‘unsettled’ but ‘bright and breezy’, with temperatures of up to 15C (59F) in West London and 14C (57F) in Manchester on Sunday, which is typical for the time of year.

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as drivers are warned to take extra care

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as drivers are warned to take extra care

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

People walking through the snow on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

People walking through the snow on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions 

Snowy conditions near Bideford in Devon this morning

Snowy conditions near Bideford in Devon this morning

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

A man walks a dog on the beach in Seaton in Cornwall today amid the severe weather

A man walks a dog on the beach in Seaton in Cornwall today amid the severe weather

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

A man watches waves as they hit the sea wall at Seaton in Cornwall this morning

A man watches waves as they hit the sea wall at Seaton in Cornwall this morning

The weather system has been named Storm Nelson by Spanish meteorologists in what could be seen as an ironic gesture about Britain’s victorious vice admiral as it heads for our shores. 

It is the UK’s first named storm since January but the 11th of the current season, which began in September.

Today’s weather warning, issued by the UK Met Office, predicts road, rail, air and ferry disruption, as well as cuts to electricity and mobile phone networks.

Forecasters added: ‘There is a small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.’

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

A small snowman in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

A small snowman in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Stormy seas batter the defences of the Jurassic Pier at West Bay in Dorset this morning

 Stormy seas batter the defences of the Jurassic Pier at West Bay in Dorset this morning

A view of the snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

A view of the snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Cars drive through the heavy rain on the A3 in Surrey near Chessington this afternoon

Cars drive through the heavy rain on the A3 in Surrey near Chessington this afternoon

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

A goose walks across snow covered ground on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

A goose walks across snow covered ground on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

A man builds a snowman on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

A man builds a snowman on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Cars drive through the snowy conditions on Dartmoor this afternoon

Cars drive through the snowy conditions on Dartmoor this afternoon

Riverbanks covered in snow on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Riverbanks covered in snow on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

A man walks a dog on the beach in Seaton in Cornwall this morning

A man walks a dog on the beach in Seaton in Cornwall this morning

Vehicles splash through floodwater on country road in Eton near Windsor in Berkshire today

Vehicles splash through floodwater on country road in Eton near Windsor in Berkshire today 

Harvey and Gemma Campbell with children Jack, Arabella and Primrose at Dartmoor today

Harvey and Gemma Campbell with children Jack, Arabella and Primrose at Dartmoor today

A couple on the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset take a selfie during Storm Nelson today

A couple on the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset take a selfie during Storm Nelson today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

A walker wearing a waterproof jacket on the seafront at West Bay in Dorset this morning

A walker wearing a waterproof jacket on the seafront at West Bay in Dorset this morning

Pedestrians brave the heavy rain and gusty conditions on Westminster Bridge today

Pedestrians brave the heavy rain and gusty conditions on Westminster Bridge today

A van drives through snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

A van drives through snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Snow hits Dartmoor in Devon today as people try to make the most of the conditions

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

Big waves hit the coast at Nothe Gardens in Weymouth, Dorset, this morning

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snow this morning at Pontrhydfendigaid in Ceredigion, Mid Wales, near Aberystwyth

Snow this morning at Pontrhydfendigaid in Ceredigion, Mid Wales, near Aberystwyth

A man takes photographs at Seaton in Cornwall this morning amid the severe weather

A man takes photographs at Seaton in Cornwall this morning amid the severe weather

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

A dog running with a ball in wet and snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today

A dog running with a ball in wet and snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Wet and windy weather at high tide at Lyme Regis in Dorset this morning

Horses in snowy conditions on Dartmoor today after snow fell in Devon overnight

Horses in snowy conditions on Dartmoor today after snow fell in Devon overnight

Snow falls over properties in South Wales near the Brecon Beacons this morning

Snow falls over properties in South Wales near the Brecon Beacons this morning

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Jack Campbell pushes his son Harvey on a sledge in the snow on Dartmoor in Devon today

Geese walk across snow covered ground on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Geese walk across snow covered ground on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Stormy seas amid Storm Nelson batter the Cobb harbour wall at Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Stormy seas amid Storm Nelson batter the Cobb harbour wall at Lyme Regis in Dorset today

Describing the weather, the Met Office said: ‘A deep area of low pressure will bring a spell of very windy weather to parts of southwest and then southern England on Thursday.

‘Gusts of 50 mph are expected quite widely, while some exposed coastal spots may experience gusts of 60 to 70 mph, with large waves also likely.

‘The strong winds will be accompanied by heavy, squally showers with the possibility of hail and thunder in some locations.

‘Hail won’t fall everywhere but where it does it can quickly make road surfaces slippery, while surface water and spray are likely to worsen travel conditions rather more widely.’

Dog walkers in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this morning

Dog walkers in snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon this morning

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Snowy conditions at Trecastle in Brecon, Powys, today as Wales is hit by the white stuff

Snow covers a car parked in the village of Pontrhydfendigaid in Mid Wales this morning

Snow covers a car parked in the village of Pontrhydfendigaid in Mid Wales this morning

A man takes photographs at Seaton in Cornwall this morning amid the severe weather

A man takes photographs at Seaton in Cornwall this morning amid the severe weather 

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

Snowy conditions on Dartmoor in Devon today as motorists are urged to take care

A vehicle is driven through a water-logged lane at Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning

A vehicle is driven through a water-logged lane at Dunsden in Oxfordshire this morning

The Traffic Wales North & Mid social media account tweeted this picture of snow this morning

The Traffic Wales North & Mid social media account tweeted this picture of snow this morning

A goose walks across snow covered ground on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

A goose walks across snow covered ground on Dartmoor in Devon this afternoon

Russ Young tweeted a photograph of snow falling on a residential road in Devon overnight

Russ Young tweeted a photograph of snow falling on a residential road in Devon overnight

One social media user tweeted this photograph of snow in Plymouth, Devon, overnight

One social media user tweeted this photograph of snow in Plymouth, Devon, overnight

Another social media user posted a photograph of snow falling overnight in Devon

Another social media user posted a photograph of snow falling overnight in Devon

Snow falls in Devon overnight today as the UK experiences severe weather conditions

Snow falls in Devon overnight today as the UK experiences severe weather conditions

Further north, a separate band of cloud and showery rain will bring damp conditions before clearing this afternoon – followed by more rain later as Nelson moves north-eastwards.

The Met Office added that showers are due to continue into Good Friday, when it is due to be bright and breezy.

Forecasters said showers are due to become ‘more scattered on Saturday and Easter Sunday’ when it should ‘feel warmer in the sunny spells and lighter winds’.

Temperatures in southern England on Easter Sunday could reach highs of 15C (59F) – warmer than the Spanish capital Madrid, which is due to be cool and showery with temperatures of just 10C (50F) on Easter Sunday. 

TODAY: The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snow, wind and rain in the UK today

TODAY: The Met Office has issued weather warnings for snow, wind and rain in the UK today

STORM NELSON: A map by Spanish weather service Aemet showing the low pressure system

STORM NELSON: A map by Spanish weather service Aemet showing the low pressure system

GOOD FRIDAY FORECAST: Showers and breezy conditions for Britain this Friday with 14C highs

GOOD FRIDAY FORECAST: Showers and breezy conditions for Britain this Friday with 14C highs

GOOD FRIDAY: The Met Office has warned of 'unsettled' weather for much of Europe this week

GOOD FRIDAY: The Met Office has warned of ‘unsettled’ weather for much of Europe this week

EASTER SATURDAY: Spain and Portugal are likely to see thunderstorms and strong winds

EASTER SATURDAY: Spain and Portugal are likely to see thunderstorms and strong winds

FRANCE: Waves crash into a lighthouse amid Storm Nelson in Les Sables d'Olonne today

FRANCE: Waves crash into a lighthouse amid Storm Nelson in Les Sables d’Olonne today

SPAIN: Waves hit the dock and sailing school at the port in Palma de Mallorca yesterday

SPAIN: Waves hit the dock and sailing school at the port in Palma de Mallorca yesterday

Maximum figures of 14C (57F) are expected as far north as Manchester.

For those travelling over the bank holiday weekend, the RAC have advised drivers to ‘be on their guard’ regarding the changing road conditions.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: ‘Drivers getting away will definitely need to be on their guard and ready to cope with rapidly changing road conditions.

‘Slowing down in the heaviest of downpours on Good Friday and Easter Saturday is a must as stopping distances will be far greater.’

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