Britain is likely to be battered with strong winds as weather maps suggest that Atlantic storm will hit the country before the weekend. According to the new weather maps, strong winds at 100km per hour are currently over the ocean and in line to crash straight into the south west of England.
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The charts show the storm – coming hot off the heels of a low weather condition battering the UK today – making landfall late on Friday before spreading east and northwards through into Saturday.
Connectivity maps on WXCharts show thunder and lightning widespread by 6am surrounded by heavy rain and strong winds, which are set to reduce over the UK but still hit highs of a gale-force level of 60km per hour.
The brutal weather will spark more misery for Britons hoping for an uplift in conditions following a wash-out July.
A yellow severe weather warning for wind was issued for southern parts of England on Wednesday, as a deep area of low pressure brought strong winds and heavy rain.
The damp and blustery conditions follow the wettest and dullest July since 2017, and have been blamed on the position of the jet stream.
Claire Nasir, meterologist from Met Office said: “Through the early hours of Saturday, the area of low pressure deepens and tracks across the country.
“A squeeze on the ice outbreaks the rain and some thunderstorms will be associated with it as well. Things will look a little bit better from Sunday afternoon.”
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The Met Office is also predicting increased chances of thunder and lightning later in the month.
Further afield it stated: “Looking ahead to the rest of August, there are some early signals for at least a brief spell of something a little warmer and more settled to develop towards the end of next week, most likely for southern areas.
“However, it remains that the greatest chance of seeing anything more widely settled would be through the second part of August, although this may be accompanied by an increasing risk of thundery showers.
“With unsettled conditions never too far away, it looks unlikely that we will see any prolonged or excessive heat, with the chance of heatwaves here in the UK being lower than some recent Augusts.”
John Hammond of weathertrending, said of the current storm: “The jet stream will keep powering in from the Atlantic, ensuring a supply of rain-bearing weather systems.”
And talking of the following stormy conditions he said: “More rain could arrive through the weekend. This may have remnants of an ex-hurricane entrained within it.”
The rest of the week following the storm is set to see much drier conditions although some rain on Tuesday and more on Thursday, likely restricted to the north of Britain.
Last month was the UK’s sixth wettest July on record, and the wettest ever July in Northern Ireland, according to provisional figures from the Met Office, reported The Telegraph.
The UK saw an average of 140.1 millimetres rain across the month, the sixth highest total for July since records began in 1836. Some parts of the UK saw three times as much rain in July than the average for the month, leading to a washout for outdoor hospitality, and forcing farmers to wait for their harvests.
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