Hurricane remnants to batter Britain from Atlantic – what the Met Office says

Much of the country will be hammered by gale force winds and torrential downpours as the aftermath of Hurricane Epsilon reaches the UK – but temperatures are set to rise as the storm remnants fizzle out.

Large waves will batter stretches of the coastline during the volatile North Atlantic blast that is set to last until the end of the working week.

Wind gusts as strong as 40mph will bring frequent showers with temperatures dipping to just 10C in parts making for a fairly unpleasant day to come.

The deluge is expected to merge with hail and thunder in Wales, as well as central and southern England – with a chillier feel all round despite some spots of sunshine.

Up to 130mm of rain predicted in the Welsh mountains on Thursday with around 30-40mm for the rest of the UK.

A yellow weather warning for severe rain has been placed by the Met Office across parts of the west of England from midday Thursday to midnight on Saturday – with flooding and travel disruption a possibility.

However, it will become much milder by Friday with the mercury expected to touch 18C in the south.

Met Office chief forecaster Andy Page said: “Until the end of October we are looking at an unsettled spell of typical autumnal weather which will dominate the forecast.



Hurricane Epsilon is moving in from the Atlantic

“Every year we expect the remnants of decaying tropical hurricanes to disrupt conditions when they enter the North Atlantic.

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“The remnants of former Hurricane Epsilon have been subsumed into another deep area of low pressure to the south-west of Iceland, and although the low centre is a long way from our shores and won’t cause disruption, the trailing weather fronts associated with this system will bring wind and rain to the UK, along with a potentially heavy swell.



Wet and windy blast on the way

“However, it is rain rather than wind that will dominate our attention with a so-called ‘warm conveyor’ set up to bring a flow of very moist and warm air to the UK from further south in the Atlantic, triggering heavy rainfall for high ground in the west of the UK.”

At the weekend, the forecast is showing potential for the remnants of ex-hurricane Zeta to move into the North Atlantic.

Associated moisture will become entrained into the Atlantic frontal systems, to again bring the potential for further heavy rain to parts of the UK later in the weekend and into early next week. However, confidence at this time range is fairly low for this aspect of the forecast.

Met Office five-day forecast

Today

Rain in the Northern Isles clearing, then all parts having a rather cold and windy day with a mixture of sunny spells and showers, these heavy with hail and thunder in places. Driest in some north-eastern area

Tonight

Showers slowly fading, then clear spells in the north and east, but rain affecting Northern Ireland, Wales and south-western parts of England later.

Thursday

Mainly dry in the far north-east until evening, else cloudy and windy with rain moving eastwards. The rain heaviest and most persistent over hills in the west.

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Outlook for Friday to Sunday

Staying unsettled with spells of rain and often windy. Wettest in western areas, especially over hills. The best of any brighter but still showery weather in the north. Mild.