Met Office predicts 80mph winds in UK storm weather forecast
LATEST forecast from the Met Office, as of today ahead of the forecasted UK storm on Monday:
Currently forecasts suggest a low pressure system will rapidly deepen just to the south west of the UK on later on Sunday, before moving across the country to be out over the North Sea by the afternoon on Monday.
This is expected to bring gusts of 60 - 80 mph widely across the southern half of the UK, with gusts of more than 80 mph possible in places - especially on exposed coasts.
Any major storm which occurs in early autumn has the potential to cause widespread severe disruption through falling trees, structural damage, transport disruption or power cuts and possibly flooding.
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Frank Saunders, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: "We are confident that a severe storm will affect Britain on Sunday night and Monday. We are now looking at refining the details about which areas will see the strongest winds and the heaviest rain.
"This is a developing situation and we'd advise people to stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings over the weekend, and be prepared to change their plans if necessary. We'll continue to work closely with authorities and emergency services to ensure they are aware of the expected conditions."
This Evening and Tonight:
Dry at first this evening, but showers soon developing tonight, some of which are likely to be heavy with the risk of thunder. Southwesterly winds remaining strong. Minimum Temperature 10 °C.
Unsettled, with sunny intervals and frequent showers. Again, showers are likely to be heavy with the risk of thunder. Rain and damaging winds late evening and overnight. Maximum Temperature 15 °C.
Above forecast as of 1528 on Sat 26 Oct 2013
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