After two days of Atlantic influenced weather the river levels are already on the rise and the forecast is for further wet and windy spells to come.
Today we had 89MPH recorded in North Wales and numerous areas seeing gusts of over 50MPH.
Tomorrow morning will see the winds continue with gusts up to 70MPH in the South West of England with wind gusts in the range of 50-60MPH elsewhere before the risk transfers to the North West of Scotland from midday onwards.
Beyong this global model predictions are pointing to further spells of strong winds and heavy rainfalls which will only increase the risk of flooding.
The flood warning information service currently has 15 flood alerts and 2 flood warnings in place for England however that number may well increase over the next 7-10 days should the forecasts verify.
The U.S is on the eve of another major winter storm. This one named Bruce is expected to bring severe conditions across a number of states with upto 12″ of snow and 2″ of rain leading to a high risk of flooding.
As we go into the early hours of Sunday snowfall will begin to intensify for Nabraska, Northern Kansas before moving into Iowa later on.
Storm Bruce will then advance North through Sunday evening and into Monday affecting northern Missouri, the far north of Illinois (Chicago 2-4″), the far South of Wisconsin and eventually Michigan during Monday.
The storm will then rotate and deliver heavy blowing snow for North Eastern areas of New York state, Northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire and parts of Maine on Tuesday with a risk of huge snowdrifts given the considerable wind speeds expected.
The UK Met Office have issued a ‘Yellow Warning’ as a spell of severe weather is expected throughout Monday.
Current projections show as much as 100mm of rain falling coupled with wind speeds that could reach 60MPH!
The risk of flooding is very high with a storm surge likely along the East coast.
The Met Office warning reads as follows…
‘Heavy rain is likely to affect southeastern parts of England through Monday, peaking during the morning period. Accumulations of 25-35 mm seem likely widely, with 60-80 mm possible in places, this perhaps most likely for parts of Norfolk and the North Downs; the westward extent of these higher totals remains less certain. Strong winds are also likely with gusts of 40-45 mph likely inland, particularly during Monday morning, and possible gusts to 50-55 mph along exposed coasts and over hills. Coming from an unusual (northerly) direction may increase the likelihood of wind-related impacts. Note that these winds will also lead to large waves, and spray and overtopping around some coasts. It may also be cold enough for a little sleet or wet snow on high ground but this is unlikely to settle.’
Well things dont look like improving anytime soon with over a months worth of rain set to fall on Wednesday for London and the South East.
In total as much as 60 to 80mm will fall in places with rain pretty much constant from mid morning until around 9pm.
Thursday should bring much brighter prospects, with highs of around 20/21C.
However things are changing again at the end of the week when another band of rain moves in on Friday evening into Saturday.
See the full Met Office forecast below:
Between 00:05 Wed 9th and 23:55 Wed 9th
An area of heavy rain will sink slowly southwards across the east and southeast of England during Wednesday. Some transport routes may be affected by localised flooding leading to longer journey times. In addition, flooding of homes and businesses is possible. The heaviest of the rain should gradually become confined to the extreme southeast of the UK later in the day.
Chief Forecaster’s assessment
An area of showers will spread from the Irish Sea across Wales, and parts of southwest and south England on Tuesday. Whilst many areas will not see the heaviest of these, accumulations of 15-20 mm in an hour are possible along with 30 mm or so in 2 or 3 hours.
Storm Doris has been officially named and is going to push in from the west on Thursday, bringing very strong winds, heavy rain as well as some snowfall in the north with Blizzards for the Scottish mountains!
The winter so far has seen very little in the way of proper winter weather with only 3 named storms. However later this week things are about to change with Doris crossing the UK.
The MetOffice has released an Amber warning which reads as follows:
” Some very strong winds are expected throughout Thursday in association with storm ‘Doris’, with a short period where gusts of 70 to 80 mph are possible. Whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris. Heavy rain is also likely through Thursday as well as some snow over high ground as the system clears eastwards. These may prove additional hazards.”
A MAMMOTH super-storm will rip through Britain on CHRISTMAS DAY unleashing powerful winds in excess of 70MPH .
A violent weather system currently hurtling across the Atlantic will hit hours before the festive season kicks off.It is likely to be the biggest storm to hit Britain in more than a year and will smash into the west coast during the early hours of December 25.Powerful gales could generate the second named Storm of the season – Barbara – although the Met Office has not confirmed this.A separate low pressure system will start to stir things up on Christmas Eve after a wet and windy week ahead.The dismal prediction comes as experts warn temperatures will plunge in the next few days with Christmas Day snow almost certain.After weeks of mild weather thermometers will drop to more usual for the time of year with Scotland and northern England most likely to see a festive flurry.
Unsettled weather will set in towards the middle of the week
Experts say unsettled weather will set in towards the middle of the week with the weekend megastorm shaping up to be the strongest ever to hit Britain over Christmas.The deep low pressure system currently hurtling across the Atlantic will make landfall at around 6am on Christmas morning.It will see air pressure drop more than 24 millibars over 24 hours – a so-called explosive cyclogenesis, or ‘weather bomb’.Powerful gales could generate the second named hurricane force storm of the seasonThe storm will gather speed as it tears across the UK through the course of Christmas Day before heading out towards Scandinavia on Boxing Day.Britain is on alert for damaging gales, colossal waves and torrential rain or snow depending on how low temperatures drop.The Met Office said a flurry of snow is likely across high ground in the north on the big day although for most it will be wet and windy.
Forecaster Steven Keates said: “There is the potential for some quite wet and windy weather particularly across the north of Britain as some deep low pressure systems come in from the Atlantic.
“One weather model indeed shows a drop in central pressure of more than 24 mb, an explosive cyclogenesis.
“People will notice a contrast from the recent weather with the risk of gales or severe gales in parts of the country.
“In terms of snow on Christmas Day – we might see some over higher ground in the north, but for most places it is likely to be wet rather than white.”