UK weather forecast: 'Danger to life' BRUTAL Atlantic storm to SMASH Britain in 24 HOURS
A BRUTAL Atlantic storm will rip into Britain later this week bringing a crashing halt to the glorious summer weather.
13 June, 2017
Powerful 60mph-plus gales and torrential downpours threaten to lash swathes of the country from Wednesday night through Thursday.
A deep low-pressure system currently flexing its muscles in the Atlantic could bring the first named storm since January.
It will also herald a change to cooler, fresher conditions as high pressure responsible for the glorious sunshine is given the boot.
Much of the country is in for a shock to the system as blue skies and golden rays give way to howling gales and driving rain.
However the dramatic slump in weather will only be a temporary blip with summer set to blaze back after a few days, forecasters say.
While Wednesday’s storm has not been named by the Met Office, government forecasters say they are ‘keeping an eye’ on the charts.
If it continues to deepen and becomes strong enough to warrant a title it will be called ‘Hector’ following ‘Georgina’ which hit in January.
The Met Office however this afternoon issued a 'danger to life' warning for Thursday.
A yellow weather warning was issued for Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England for much of Thursday for large waves in coastal regions and flying debris.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “We are in a period of change, the last few days have been dominated by high pressure; this will slip away and open the doors to conditions coming in from the Atlantic later this week.
“Late Wednesday into Thursday a low-pressure system will make its way towards the UK, it could deliver some quite substantial amounts of rain and will also bring some very strong winds to western parts of the country, these could reach gale or even severe-gale force.
“While coastal regions are expected to be most affected, everybody is going to be aware of the winds on Thursday.
“We have not issued a name for this system and while we are not going to jump to anything at the moment as there are still a couple of days to go, we are keeping an eye on this.”
The change in weather will bring a fall in temperatures with blistering heat about to be put on hold for the next week or so.
The mercury will dip closer to average for the time of year with highs in the upper teens or low 20Cs forecast into next week.
Mr Madge added: “It will feel fresher than of late which might be welcomed by some people after the very warm, humid conditions.
“The Atlantic weather systems have finally won out over the high pressure which will now move out of the way allowing a different weather pattern to unfold.
“Showers will continue into Friday and the weekend, it will be quite a contrast compared to the recent fine weather.”
UK weather charts show the horrifying storm hurtling across the Atlantic and crashing into the western coast of Britain on Wednesday night.
Torrential downpours in Scotland will heap more misery on the region after a weekend deluge turned roads into rivers while flooding homes and businesses.
Violent thunderstorms unleashed more than 500 lightning strikes while terrified witnesses reported giant hailstones hurtling from the skies.
Britons will enjoy one more day of calm before all hell breaks loose on Wednesday night ahead of an almost autumnal hammering.
John Hammond, forecaster for online weather service Weathertrending, said stormy Atlantic weather systems will be steered into the UK by an unusually strong jet stream.
He said: “We’re only just into June, but it’s felt like summer for many weeks.
“However, payback time is about to arrive; after several weeks, the jet stream is gearing up to sweep the westerlies back in. And with this will come big changes.
“As the jet stream gets stronger, so wet and windy weather will drive in from the Atlantic.
“Northern and western parts of the UK will be buffeted by some heavy rain and blustery winds. It’ll feel cool too.
“For Highland Scotland, treated to warm sunshine for so many weeks, the honeymoon will be over.”
Despite the miserable outlook forecasters say there is no need to put the suncream away just yet with summer set to make a return later this month.
Exacta Weather’s James Madden said: “From midweek will see some changes to the jet stream that will bring about some slightly cooler temperatures of late and more in the way of changeable weather as low pressure becomes the more dominant feature, particularly, in parts to the north and west of the country.
“However, this pattern change will only be short-lived and we can expect to see a reversal back to largely dominant summery weather during the early part of next week and throughout the remainder of the month.”
Scotland could be set to experience its hottest summer in more than a decade.
The Met Office has forecast temperatures will reach as high as 33C.