BRITAIN is set to be hit with five days of rain starting tomorrow with 40ft-high waves and 70mph winds, The Met Office has warned.
The Met Office has issued a severe yellow weather warning for rain in western parts that stretches from the Kent coast right up to central Scotland.
Waves crash against the sea wall at Seaham in Durham, as a fisherman waits for a bite[/caption]
Storm Lorenzo is set to unleash gale-force winds reaching up to 60mph[/caption]
A 1,000-mile wide low pressure vortex saw forecasters predict windy conditions and spells of rain for all from Monday to Wednesday, with gusts up to 60mph in the North-West.
Storm Lorenzo is unleashing gale-force winds reaching up to 60mph – as the 500-mile-wide storm thrashes much of the country.
50MM OF RAINFALL
Powerful 40ft waves are due Monday off the west coast, with 22ft waves on Scotland’s west coast.
Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “There’s no let-up as a powerful jet stream brings Atlantic weather systems thick and fast.
“After Sunday’s likely flooding from up to 50mm of rain, a new low pressure area brings spells of rain and windy conditions across the country from Monday to Wednesday, with gusts up to 60mph in the far North-West.
“Then a depression on Thursday looks like bringing another windy period.
“It has potential for 70mph gusts in the North-West, and would come close to warranting being a named storm if those gust speeds come off. And it stays windy with showers into the weekend.”
A storm on Thursday threatening 70mph gales in the North-West could merit becoming the first UK-named storm of autumn, the Met Office said.
The Environment Agency said: “Local flooding from rivers and surface water is probable on Sunday and possible on Monday. Land, roads and properties could flood.”
TWO WEEKS WORTH OF RAIN
Hurricane Lorenzo, which was a maximum Category 5 storm before hitting the Azores, was the strongest hurricane ever recorded so close to Europe.
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “After ‘Sodden Sunday,’ a string of stormy spells are ahead as areas of low pressure batter the UK. 60mph gusts are possible at the start of the week, and from Thursday.”
The week ahead is due two inches’ rain for many, 4in in north-west England and 6in in western Scotland.
Windy conditions and rain will continue into next weekend.
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A Met Office spokesperson told Sun Online: “We’re going to be seeing thickening clouds in the west, and the heavy rain will stall and linger in the eastern parts of the country.
“We’ve put some weather warnings in place, the heaviest rain will hit the east.
“We can expect to see 50mm of rain fall in just six hours. That’s two whole full weeks of rain.”
Coastal routes will also be affected by large waves with power losses possible.
The spokesperson added: “Sunday will see the worst of the rain and will be a generally wetter day than Saturday.
“We can expect heavy and persistent downpour.”
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Temperatures could take a turn for the worst in the second half of this month, if the long-range weather forecasts are correct.
Freezing air from the North Pole heading down to the UK is expected to bring in a band of low pressure stretching from Greenland to the northwest coast of Ireland.
However the experts are still divided on their predictions as long-range forecasting is notoriously difficult.
Large waves hit the harbour wall as Storm Lorenzo hits the Welsh seaside resort of Porthcawl in Bridgend[/caption]