A huge 2,000-mile wide ‘pressure vortex’ spanning the Atlantic is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the UK in the coming days – threatening flooding in parts.
There are two weather warnings for heavy rain in place until this evening for south Wales, southwest England, Northern Ireland and southwest Scotland with flooding expected in some areas.
Some intense bursts of rain, as well as autumn leaf fall blocking drains, increases the likelihood of flooding, the Met Office said.
The weather warnings are back in place again from 9am on Friday with Northern Ireland, South West England and Wales all expected to be hit by up to 60mm of rain and winds of up to 60pmh.
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending.com said: ‘This week, a huge vortex of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic will see the jet stream fling a succession of wet and windy spells towards UK.
‘The potential for disruptive winds needs to be watched. Western parts are most prone. Several wet spells are expected.’
In Scotland, 65mph winds caused by ex-Hurricane Oscar reportedly saw some fireworks displays cancelled on Saturday night.
But the ‘vortex’ which is coming in from the Atlantic today will bring even more ‘disruptive’ gales, bringing wet and windy weather up until the weekend.
Met Office forecaster John West said: ‘Wednesday looks set to bring windy conditions across the UK.
‘With weather systems moving from the Atlantic, western areas will be the focus for the wettest and windiest conditions.
‘This unsettled theme looks set to continue through the first half of November.’
The Met Office is also predicting a ‘stormier-than-usual’ three months with five named storms expected between now and Christmas.
The UK has already been hit by three storms this year – Ali, Bronagh and Callum – but forecasters say Deidre, Erik, Freya, Gareth and Hannah are on their way.
If these five storms do take place as planned, they will take 2018’s total number to eight, making this a record breaking year for stormy weather.
The Met Office November to January forecast reads: ‘The chances of spells of very wet and stormy weather are increased during the period compared to usual.’