UK Weather: Met Office predicts bright spells with sporadic downpours
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The UK was recently rocked by the arrival of Storm Evert last week. Storm Evert brought strong winds and heavy rain, with southwestern areas hit particularly hard by the system. The next storm name for this season is Storm Fleur and according to the latest reports, a low-pressure system could be named as Storm Fleur by the Met Office later this week.
A 400-mile wide Atlantic system with 60mph gusts could impact parts of the UK from Thursday, according to reports.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told the Mirror: “Is the next named storm coming? There is potential for it, with a deep area of low pressure which could turn wet and windy again around Thursday.
“Forecast models show a continuation of our cool and changeable pattern for 10 to 14 days, but there are optimistic signals for warmer high pressure following.”
Windy wind gust forecast maps show heavy winds are predicted to arrive in some parts of the UK later this week.
According to the chart, some areas such as southwest England and parts of Wales could expect to see wind gusts up to 40mph.
Weather maps also show some heavy rain could fall over some areas of the country later in the week.
WXCHARTS 24-hour accumulated precipitation maps show up to 36mm of rain could fall over northwest England in the 24 hours up to Friday afternoon.
Other parts of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland could also see some significant rainfall accumulations later this week too, according to the chart.
The Met Office warned on Twitter that eastern Scotland, in particular, could see high rainfall totals on Friday.
The meteorological agency said: “From mid-week onward, the #weather will turn more widely unsettled with a low pressure moving in from the Atlantic.
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“Many of us will see outbreaks of #rain to end the week, which have the potential to bring high totals to parts of eastern Scotland on Friday”.
In general, the Met Office forecast for Wednesday to Friday suggests a pattern of unsettled weather is ahead for the UK.
The Met Office forecast reads: “Continuing unsettled and often rather cool with further showers and some longer spells of rain, some of which are likely to be heavy, perhaps thundery.”
Whether the weather system on course for the UK later this week is named by the Met Office as Storm Fleur is dependent on several factors.
The Met Office will usually name a storm when it has the potential to cause an amber or red weather warning.
Storm names are decided every year based on suggestions by the public.
The list is compiled by the Met Office, Met Éireann (the Irish meteorological office) and KNMI (The Dutch national weather forecasting service).
Should a storm be declared, the next storm is expected to be named Fleur, followed by Gavin and Heulwen.
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