Wet and windy weather is due to swirl in from North America as “heavier rain and strong winds” are forecast to batter parts of the country over the coming days
Brits are set to be battered by an Atlantic jet stream this week with regions to be lashed with 55mph winds.
Wet and windy weather is due to swirl in from North America as “heavier rain and strong winds” will hit parts of the country, the Met Office warns.
It’s not expected that the turn in conditions, which have already gotten noticeably cooler over recent days, are remnants of Hurricane Fiona which devastated Canada and Cuba over the weekend.
Heavy rain and strong winds will likely spread quickly eastwards on Friday with areas like Southampton and Plymouth in the southeast seeing highs of 17C.
Glasgow, however, is predicted 14C while Belfast could see 15C.
Met Office meteorologist Anne Shuttleworth has reassured Brits the impact of these conditions will be limited – and the forecast is not unusual for this time of year.
“The strongest winds will affect north-western Scotland and Northern Ireland where severe gales are possible, up to 55mph, during Friday morning and afternoon,” she said.
“There will also be strong winds along the south coast on Friday afternoon and evening, where there is a chance of gales, for a short period of time.
She also predicts “strong Atlantic jet stream” which would “push a deep area of low pressure across the Atlantic that will bring a spell of rain to the UK on Friday with some strong winds following”.
“It is likely to bring some of the heaviest rain and strongest winds we’ve seen so far this autumn,” she added, as Brits are urged to take care when out and about.
Looking further ahead, a mixture of sunny spells and showers or longer periods of rain are expected at the start of October.
Showers are likely to be heaviest and most frequent across the north and, while southern and eastern areas may see some rain at times, these areas likely seeing the best of the drier conditions.
Winds will be generally light although strong in the north and along eastern coasts.
Temperatures, meanwhile, are likely to be close to average throughout or perhaps slightly above average by the end of the period.
Daniel Rudman, Deputy Chief Meteorologist, said: “At this time of year, knock-on effects from the Atlantic tropical cyclone season can lower confidence when forecasting more than a few days ahead, and so the exact timings for rainfall and wind strengths for Friday may vary throughout the week.
“The best thing you can do if you’ve got outdoor plans is make sure you’re always using the most up to date forecast.”
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