HURRICANE Dorian and Tropical Storm Gabrielle are set to batter Britain with hefty 70mph winds and 2ins of rain.
Temperatures are set to plunge and the UK will be battered by rain and winds tomorrow and the weekend, weather forecasters say.
Waves whipped up by high winds break over the Grosvenor Breakwater at Morecambe[/caption]
Temperatures are set to plunge and the UK will be battered by rain and winds tomorrow and the weekend[/caption]
A back-to-school buffeting sees Dorian hit on Tuesday and Wednesday after hammering the Bahamas, and storm Gabrielle follow on Thursday and Friday after spinning past the Azores – as shown on weather maps.
The Met Office forecast Dorian bringing gusts of 50mph in the North and 35mph in the South, with localised flooding risks amid rain for most and up to two inches’ rain in Scotland.
Government forecasters said warnings could be issued as Gabrielle threatens gusts of over 60mph in the North and 40mph in the South.
Scotland is due heavy rain from Gabrielle, but the South could stay dry and is due 24C amid tropical air.
Summer was the wettest for seven years, new analysis of Met Office data shows.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It’s a tropical storm double whammy as Dorian and Gabrielle bring gales and flood risks, with the worst conditions in the North.”
Dorian’s death toll officially sits at 30 but officials expected that to rise dramatically over the coming days.
Last night Bahamas Health Minister Duane Sands warned of a “staggering” final number.
“The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering,” he told local radio.
Gusts of 50mph are forecast in north-west Scotland, with 40mph in northern England and 35mph in southern England
Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “Two ex-tropical storms are forecast to pass, so people should keep up to date with the forecast.
“Dorian passes north of the UK on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday, bringing windy conditions and heavy rain.
“Gusts of 50mph are forecast in north-west Scotland, with 40mph in northern England and 35mph in southern England.”
Hefty gusts will rock the country[/caption]
Temperatures are set to plunge next week[/caption]
He added: “Surface water issues can’t be ruled out, with rain across the country, and up to 50mm falling in western Scotland, 40mm in west Wales and 10–20mm in a few spots further east.
“Gabrielle will potentially be quite a deep ex-tropical low passing north on Thursday into Friday.
“Warnings could be issued as gales could be severe at 60mph or more in western Scotland, with up to 50mph in northern England and 40mph in the South. Rain looks heavy for northern Scotland only.
“But warm tropical air could see 24C in the South on Thursday or Friday.”
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Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of Weathertrending said: “Ex-Hurricane Dorian will head east across the Atlantic and ex-Tropical Storm Gabrielle will drift north.
“Computer models indicate northwestern parts of the UK will be targeted by successive bouts of wet and windy weather.”
The Met Office said the cooler temperatures felt yesterday are set to continue for the rest of the week and over the weekend.
And it said “ex-Hurricane Dorian” would blast the UK with cold air and rain from the North Atlantic next week.
Computer models indicate northwestern parts of the UK will be targeted by successive bouts of wet and windy weather
However, weather forecasters describe the effects of the devastating Hurricane as “nothing scary” as it sweeps into Britain.
Scotland and Northern Ireland will experience some bright sunshine but with rain and cold breezes.
Temperatures in the UK aren’t expected to climb any higher than 19C – as the summer well and truly draws to a close.
As the week progresses the weather gets cooler as the UK braces for autumn.
And lows of just 4C are expected in some parts overnight going into Sunday – giving the weather a distinctly wintry feel.
Mr Wilson continued: “Under clearing skies it will turn rather chilly.
“Temperatures in towns and cities will see lows of 4C – but in more rural spots they will fall a few degrees colder than that.
“We could get quite close to freezing across the glens of Scotland.
Similarly sunny but chilly conditions dominate the weather across much of the UK on Sunday and into the beginning of next week.
But by Tuesday, intense downpours from the tail-end of ex-Hurricane Dorian will pummel Britain with several inches of rain.
Weather models show a massive rain front battering Scotland and Northern Ireland from the Atlantic on Tuesday evening and into Wednesday.
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Strong winds also accompany the fierce weather system – as the remnants of Dorian sweep just north of the British Isles.
In its outlook for next week, the Met Office said: “Occasionally heavy rain moving southeast on Monday, with showers following.
“Drier for many on Tuesday, before strengthening winds and rain arrive in the northwest, this moving southeast on Wednesday.”
Blackpool saw heavy winds in the city centre yesterday[/caption]
Two women on Cathedral Street use a jacket to shelter during a heavy downpour in Manchester City Centre[/caption]
Runners were seen running from the heavy winds[/caption]