The UK has already been blasted by three named storms this year called Ali, Bronagh and Callum.

But it seems that even more punishing wind and rain is on the way from Wednesday as a monster "pressure vortex" covering virtually all of the Atlantic Ocean barrels up to Britain.

Simon Partridge at the Met Office said: "There’s an upper trough over the Atlantic which will maintain low pressure and push in from the West through the week.

“The thing is, we’ve got high pressure just to the East of us over northern Europe as well so these systems get pushed in from the Atlantic during the week and bump up against the high pressure.


“So some of them will fizzle out over the West, but some of them will make their way all the way over to the East.

“So it’s a fairly unsettled week ahead with the western UK in particular seeing the brunt of the wettest and windiest weather."

And after this week, The Weather Company has forecasted that five more named storms will crash into the UK as Christmas nears, The Mirror reports.

The powerful storms will be called Deirdre, Erik, Freya, Gareth and Hannah.

If they do arrive, the additional five named storms will take 2018's total to eight after Ali, Bronagh and Callum wreaked havoc earlier in the year.

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Channel, said: "Four more named Atlantic storms are expected by early December, plus the risk of a fifth named storm before Christmas.

"Travel disruption and wind gusts over 90mph in parts of the North and West are expected."

Tomorrow will be a largely dry day with some patches of rain across north west Scotland and Northern Ireland.

And it will be a generally be a dry evening for most places this Bonfire Night, leading to a dry start on Tuesday.

But then a band of rain and the first blasts of strong winds will push in from the Atlantic later, making a wet and windy afternoon in the West of Britain.

And the damp, blustery weather will continue for most of the UK on Wednesday – though temperatures will be higher than usual for this time of the year at around 15C in the South East.

Later in the week and into the weekend will see a West/East divide as unsettled weather grips the West of the nation, whereas the East should remain largely dry.

The Met Office could not confirm that named storms will definitely hit before Christmas, as Simon explained: "We generally only go out about as far as a week in that kind of detail."



 

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