‘Unseasonably windy’ weather could bring gusts of 55mph to UK this week | UK News


Britain could be battered by winds of up to 55mph and heavy rain this week as the remnants of a tropical storm move in.

Forecasters are predicting a more unsettled outlook for parts of the country later this week.

Showers will reach southwestern parts of the UK, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland from Tuesday evening and continue into Wednesday morning.

They will then move east across the country, bringing the potential for thundery downpours across northern areas.

“The weather is looking changeable this week, potentially turning unseasonably windy by Friday, especially in the North West,” said Sky News’ weather producer Joanna Robinson.

“Ex-tropical storm Alex, which brought flooding to southern Florida, will track across the Atlantic over the next few days as a deep area of low pressure.

“There’s still some uncertainty on how close this low-pressure system will get – and therefore how strong the winds will be.

“At the moment it looks to get close enough to the UK on Friday to bring unusually strong winds for June, especially in the North West.”

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Storm Alex caused disruption across Florida, producing heavy rainfall over the weekend in several regions, including Miami, which reportedly experienced 5.24 inches of rain.

Robinson added that there is a low risk of severe gales for the Western Isles.

“The deep area of low pressure will weaken as it pulls away northwards towards the Faroe Islands over the weekend, with winds slowly easing down across the UK,” she added.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Adam Thornhill said: “The track of the former storm currently looks to be grazing the far northwest of the UK on Thursday and Friday and, although the details are still being worked out, winds could be around 45mph for most in the north of the UK, with a chance of some gusts in excess of 55mph in some exposed northwestern island and coastal areas.”

The weekend looks to be a more mixed affair, with sunshine and showers in equal measures across the UK.

Met Office spokesperson Stephen Dixon said: “The best of any sunshine will be in the South of the UK.

“The strongest winds will be in the far north of the UK, but will not be as strong as winds on Thursday and Friday.”


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