Met Office confirms brutal storm risk from Atlantic jet stream

UK Weather: Band of rain with some heavy bursts

The Met Office has confirmed a risk of storms with strong winds and heavy rain driven by the Atlantic jet stream.

In its latest long-range forecast covering next Tuesday (September 19) until September 28, the meteorologists predicts the current warm air mass from the continent clearing eastwards with westerly winds bringing “plenty of showers” from the Atlantic.

It adds: “Some of these will be heavy and thundery, especially in the north and west. The Atlantic influence looks to continue through for much of the rest of the period, with the potential for at least one deep area of low pressure to run close by to the UK, bringing the risk of strong winds and heavy rain.”

The Met Office forecast warns that how this evolves is “currently fairly uncertain” and tied into systems now in the subtropical Atlantic.

In general, temperatures look to be close to average, although some further warm spells are likely at times during sunnier intervals, according to the Met Office.

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Weather expert Phil Morrish told Britain will see the arrival in September of what used to be hurricanes, as expected for this time of year.

He said: “Exactly where they are going to move is uncertain. A couple could develop from Tuesday to Saturday and move towards the country with deep, low pressure systems producing wind and rain.”

Mr Morrish warned of gale force winds hitting parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and the north of England, adding there may be widespread rain across Britain.

In low pressure areas, winds could reach up to 70mph, while the south of the country might see gales reaching 30-40mph.

Ex-Hurricane Lee also looks set to arrive off north west Scotland on Tuesday, giving wind strengths up to 70mph, according to the latest WX Chart for Tuesday.

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On the outlook for this weekend, Mr Morrish said there will be sunnier conditions from Friday until Sunday with warmer air pushing back in. A colder front will hold sway from Monday onwards as the jet stream takes over.

According to Meteogroup UK’s latest forecast, Friday will see some unsettled weather with light showers throughout Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England.

Patchy cloud, long sunny periods and generally clear conditions are likely for Wales and the rest of England, according to the forecaster.

Winds will be mostly gentle and variable.

Friday night remains variable with sunny spells in the south but generally overcast in the north with widespread rain around the Scottish border.

After midnight, rain will persist and push further north. Clear spells are expected in the south, but it will remain cloudy elsewhere. Winds remain variable, but generally light

Light rain around southern Scotland on Saturday will gradually ease to showers. It will be mostly dry elsewhere with some showers to the west. Cloudy skies with only the odd sunny spell.

Heavy rain in south-west England on Sunday morning will spread across Wales, passing over the rest of the UK in the afternoon and evening.

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