UK weather forecast: Britain within range for more storms after Franklin strikes tonight

Forecasters say a number of ‘Beast from the West’ storms will hit this week – including the worst named storm ever to hit the UK with the Met Office issuing several weather warnings life-threatening weather in the coming days

Waves crash against harbor wall on Saturday as Cyclone Eunice creates wild weather across UK
Waves crash against harbor wall on Saturday as Cyclone Eunice creates wild weather across UK

Britain is in the sights of five more storms this week, with turbulent weather systems expected to bring gusts and heavy rain.

Forecasters say a number of ‘Beast from the West’ storms will hit this week – in the worst named storms ever to hit the UK.

A low-pressure system stretching across the UK from Greenland on an Atlantic “conveyor belt” will generate gusts of 80mph on Monday.

Today’s Met Office is also named Storm Franklin, which comes with an amber weather warning issued for strong winds and heavy rain.

The storm could bring “short tornadoes” this afternoon as well as 2 inches of snow in the North on Monday morning.

Huge 50ft waves off the northwest coast were shown on today’s weather maps.

Severe weather caused by Typhoon Eunice caused a tree to fall on a house in Stondon Massey


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This is the first time since the naming system was introduced that several storms have come in such rapid succession – with Dudley hitting on Wednesday and Eunice arriving on Friday.

A second storm system emerges while three other storms, each with speeds of 50 mph, will hit Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

The North will be hardest hit, with the South also affected.

Three more storms are expected to be named in the coming weeks – with a frenetic March ahead.

The Met Office warned of “serious crises that could happen almost anywhere” in March.

The suffering trio will be named Gladys, Herman and Imani.

The Met Office will name it Storm Gladys when an Atlantic weather system with an amber wind warning capacity, with rain or snow impact is also considered.

The view from The O2 Arena after its roof was damaged by the weather on Friday


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In recent days, storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin have been hit by storms that are the first time three storms have been named by the Met Office within five days of forecasters began naming storms. hurricane in 2015.

Government meteorologists have once again warned people in affected areas to be careful, facing deadly winds.

A Met Office forecaster said: “Early snow on Monday across northern areas and the gales. Tuesday through Thursday will usually be windy, with a combination of rain, hail and sleet on Thursday.

“Severe gales or gales will be possible almost anywhere between March 5, and especially in the North.

“The first half of March is likely to continue with variable conditions, with winds remaining strong across less windy northern and southern regions.”

People watch as the waves crash past the Newhaven lighthouse at West Quay in East Sussex



The warnings come after Storm Eunice which on Friday left a devastating trail in the worst attack in decades.

Sadly, the storm saw four people lose their lives amid the chaotic impact of the gales.

The cyclone’s low point, which experts compared to the major hurricane of 1987, produced gusts of more than 120 mph as it tore through the country.

This week’s storm threatens further damage to buildings, trees and structures weakened by Eunice.

Jim Dale, meteorologist with the British Weather Service, said: “We are seeing a conveyor belt of lows coming in from the Atlantic.

“This was to be expected after a particularly calm January as the weather will always try to bring balance.

“Winds will be widespread on Monday as an Atlantic low from the weekend moves into the country.

A woman died in Muswell Hill, north London, on Friday afternoon after a tree fell on the car she was traveling in.


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“A cold front on Tuesday will combine with a low-pressure system north and this will bring some shady conditions, and another front on Thursday will be one to watch out for. .

“This week will be a case of ‘observing this space’ as further low-pressure systems are forecast to bring more wind and rain.”

The bad weather is being fueled by a monstrous jet stream that’s swept over the UK and raged at 200mph.

The core of the jet, the so-called jet trail, is pushing the band of air surrounding the poles, triggering storm systems as they pass over Britain.

People wait at Victoria train station in London, where trains have been canceled in recent days due to storm Eunice



“These weather systems are being driven by the jet stream as well as temperature changes as it moves further north or drops south,” Mr Dale said.

Referring to Dudley, Eunice and Franklin, meteorologist Becky Mitchell said it was the first time the national forecaster had recorded three major storms in such rapid succession since the naming system was introduced. seven years ago.

“This is the first time we’ve had three named storms in one week, and we started the storm naming system in 2015,” she told PA.

“At the moment we have a really active jet stream which is why we see so many storms tracking right ahead of the UK.

“We have Dudley on Wednesday, Eunice on Friday and Franklin today.”

The Environment Agency has issued 44 flood warnings with “potential flooding” for locations mainly in the north and west of England, and 117 warnings of “possible flooding”. for the northwest half of the UK, London and the south coast, at the time of writing.

Around 18 flood warnings and seven warnings have also been issued by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency across the Borders of Scotland, Ayrshire, Orkney and the Western Isles.

Natural Resources Wales has issued six flood warnings for areas just east of Shrewsbury, and 25 covering much of the country.

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