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Aidan Macgivern - Jim Dale - UK to be hit with 'Caribbean tropical' storm, set to unleash thunder and lightning - - Britain - county Atlantic - Bermuda
UK to be hit with 'Caribbean tropical' storm, set to unleash thunder and lightning
weather front.Ex-tropical Storm Alex is heading our way from Bermuda and while it will lose much of its anger as it sweeps across the Atlantic, Britain will still bear the brunt of the tailwind that will bring strong blasts and rain to these shores from tonight (June 9).It will eventually transition from a tropical storm to a deep low-pressure system, which is unusual for this time of the year, as they are normally prevalent in the autumn months.There will be gusts of around 45mph that will batter exposed coasts, with winds expected to exceed 55mph in rural northern spots.Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “Alex transitions into a mid-latitude low as it pushes into the Atlantic and is carried by the jet stream for its arrival later Thursday and Friday.“In June, this is quite notable for its depth, and the most likely outcome is that it will bring an unseasonably windy period later Thursday and Friday.“The strongest winds arrive after dark on Thursday evening and on Friday as the front moves through the winds pick up further.”As the storm heads into Europe, we will se a blustery day on Saturday (June 11), although temperatures may push into the low 20s. To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here. Storm Alex may be followed by several hurricanes in the West and although these don’t normally reach Britain, they could still stir up some very unsettled weather across these parts.Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, told the Daily Express: “This could be the first of a few ex-tropical storms to affect the UK weather over the next few months.
Aidan Macgivern - Mega jet-stream to bring more misery to UK after lightning and rare 'mini tornado' - - Britain - county Kent
Mega jet-stream to bring more misery to UK after lightning and rare 'mini tornado'
weather, say forecasters.A band of heavy rain and cloud is expected to move across most the British Isles from the west just in time for the morning rush hour on Wednesday, according to independent forecaster WXCharts.The unsettled weather has been attributed to movements high up in the atmosphere, causing high winds that drive storm clouds in a tight and tumultuous formation.Describing the midweek impact of the jet stream, Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “During the middle part of the week, the jet stream has a much more powerful flow to it, running across the Atlantic and pushing in weather systems bringing unseasonably windy weather on Wednesday and Thursday.“The unsettled origin of this burst of energy is the jet stream coming out of North America with 150mph wind speeds high in the sky which help to scoop up these weather features and deepen some areas of low pressure which will move in during the start of Wednesday.”It comes after a twisting cloud resembling a small 'tornado' was spotted in the sky by curious onlookers peering at the English Channel yesterday morning (May 24).A photograph taken in the town of Broadstairs in Kent showed the cloud forming above the sea.Steve Hodgson, who works at Lillyputt Minigolf, took the picture and told KentLive the strange twisting cloud appeared for around 10 minutes.Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkil at the confirmed that the picture appeared to show a funnel cloud, which only becomes a tornado when it moves further down and reaches the ground.People in the south and east of England also reported hailstorms and impressive lightning strikes on Tuesday evening, with these stretching from the coasts to the capital.For the latest breaking news and stories from
Aidan Macgivern - Arctic chill to hit UK as 'coldest night of the winter' coming this week - - Britain - Scotland - Ireland
Arctic chill to hit UK as 'coldest night of the winter' coming this week
forecasters.A chilly outlook comes as the arrival of a deep cold spell from the North Pole could also last several weeks, bringing widespread frost and snow in some areas.Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern has warned that Friday (21 January) could see the lowest temperatures of the year so far, saying: "On Friday morning, there'll be a widespread frost""It'll be perhaps the coldest night of the winter for some southern parts of the country."Maps from independent weather forecasting group WXCharts also show a massive plume of snow arriving from the Atlantic at the start of next month.Two centimetres of snow could fall on Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern parts of England between Tuesday 1 February and Friday 4 February.In other areas, including Wales and the North, torrential rainfall of 6-8mm an hour could be on its way during the same week as a period of unsettled and disruptive weather looks set to begin February.The Met Office long-range forecast for Thursday 3 February to Thursday 17 February reads: "There is an increased likelihood of more unsettled conditions becoming established, where the northwest is likely to be wettest, but showers or longer spells of rain may spread to most areas at times, while the southeast is likely to be the driest."Spells of strong winds are likely to develop more widely at times in February. Temperatures likely to be near or slightly above average although short lived colder interludes are possible.