Met Office fears brutal new storm chaos will come hours after Ciáran
Storm Ciarán: Yellow wind and rain warning issued
The Met Office has warned the UK to brace for severe rain and wind, with some areas reaching up to 80mph by the end of this week.
Newly named Storm Ciáran is set to wreak havoc on nearly all areas of Britain, but with a profound focus on the southern coast of England initially on Thursday.
Northern areas already counting the cost of Storm Babet are also on alert as more rainfall could hamper recovery efforts even more – with wash-out after wash-out providing no end in sight.
Forecasts currently suggest the blustery winds and torrential downpours may begin to ease up late on Friday, but the long-range Met Office outlook hints that more of the same could strike just 24 hours later.
But with the weekend being six days away, meteorologists are monitoring the situation “closely.”
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The Met Office long-range forecast from Friday, November 3 to November 12 says: “Storm Ciaran, or the remnants of Ciaran will gradually move away to the east on Friday, although many places will still have a windy day with spells of rain or showers.
“At the weekend, there is the potential for another deep area of low pressure to move close to southern areas again, which looks set to bring more wet, and potentially very windy weather hot on the heels of Ciaran, and this is being watched very closely.”
Jim Dale, senior meteorologist for British Weather Services also confirmed the chance of another storm ravaging Britain once Ciaran had done its work.
He told Express.co.uk: “So far it hasn’t got the wind strengths of Ciaran but it will be loaded with rain on top of an already deep in it country; so for that reason yes; I think Storm Debi will be born.
“Southern counties of England and Wales may well see 70-80mph gusts inland on the latest modelling, 100mph along the southern coasts. This is beginning to look like it has all the hallmarks of climate change via warmer oceans attached to it.”
When asked why Britain was being battered by storm-after-storm, Mr Dale told Express.co.uk: “It’s the time of year and the latent ocean heat (energy) off the back of a record breaking summer.
“The jet stream is roaring in off the back of converging air masses over the US and Canada and there’s a blocking ice high over Scandinavia.”
In short, this means the low pressure from Scandanavia coupled with the warm conditions coming in off the southern Atlantic is resulting in stormy and wet conditions – which don’t seem to be subsiding at all.
He also alluded to climate change being a factor in why such extreme weather was making a prolonged comeback. He added: “It’s written on the can of a globally warming world.”
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What do weather maps show?
WXCHARTS maps illustrate the extreme ramping up of wind speeds come Wednesday, with up to 80mph speeds hitting Northern Ireland first.
Strong gusts will then gradually hit much of Northern Scotland, with the east – places such as Angus and Aberdeenshire facing more wind and rain chaos just days after Storm Babet.
By Thursday the winds will be hitting southern coasts along with rain. Then, looking ahead to Saturday, torrential rain is set to batter coastlines again – indicating the presence of a potential new storm.
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