The weather is about to get a major shake up with government warnings for flooding, power cuts and building damage in place as thunderstorms ravage parts of the country today. As these die down the remains of killer Hurricane Dorian will then bear down on the UK tomorrow night before ex-Tropical Storm Gabrielle barrels in on Thursday. Horrifying weather charts reveal relentless winds whipped up by the weather systems pummelling the nation until the weekend.
Britain will enjoy a brief calm before the storm tomorrow before all hell breaks loose through the evening and into Wednesday.
While much of the country is prepared for persistent wind and rain, a nationwide split will see southeastern England dodge the worst of the onslaught.
Met Office meteorologist Bonnie Diamond said: “It is going to be an unsettled week with wind and rain on the cards as the remains of an ex-hurricane and a separate ex-tropical storm influence the UK’s weather.
“Tuesday will be a largely settled and dry day will plenty of sunny spells thanks to a ridge of high pressure.
UK weather forecast: Tropical Storm Gabrielle will hit the UK as shown on this map for Thursday
Hurricane Dorian will smash into the UK on Wednesday with high wind gusts
Ex-hurricanes and tropical storms have the potential to upset the atmosphere in unpredictable ways
“The remains of Hurricane Dorian will arrive on Tuesday night bringing a band of rain and strong winds as it moves eastwards.
“The centre of the low is to the north of Iceland and there is a very long, trailing weather front associated with this across the UK.
“On Thursday the remains of Tropical Storm Gabrielle arrive to the UK and this and this will bring further outbreaks of rain across western parts of the country.”
Weather charts show winds picking up on Tuesday night with swathes of western Britain battening down the hatches for gusts of up to 100km/h (60mph).
Foul weather holds out until the weekend when there are signs of high pressure rebuilding to bring another dry and settled spell.
The storms will bring a nationwide split in temperatures with warm, tropical conditions in the south allowing highs into the mid 20Cs.
However Polar air will flood across Scotland and the north bringing colder temperatures to the region, Miss Diamond explained.
This UK weather forecast map for September 25 at 6am shows a storm about to hit the UK
She said: “Warm air will be brought in by ex-Hurricane Dorian on Tuesday and then later in the week the remains of Gabrielle will see temperatures reach 23C (73F) or 24C (75F) in the southeast.
“It will be cooler in the wind and the rain though, and here we expect only to see highs of between 14C (57F) and 15C (59F).”
The threat of further wet and windy weather has prompted bookies to slash the odds on this month being the wettest ever.
Ladbrokes is offering 7/4 on September entering the record bools for rainfall after an already rainy start to autumn.
Spokeswoman Jessica O’Reilly said: “September’s had a fairly sodden start, and with more deluges of rain on the way it’s not out of the realms of possibility the month notches up a new and negative weather record.”
Forecasters agree the worst of the double-whammy storm hammering will miss the far southeastern corner of the UK.
UK weather forecast map showing Hurricane Dorian hitting the UK
Weathertrending’s John Hammond said the weather will take a turn for the worse on Wednesday when ex-Dorian hits Britain.
He said: “Ex-Hurricane ‘Dorian’ will be leaving the east coast of Canada as an energetic, but weakening, low pressure system heading eastwards across the Atlantic.
“Another ex-Tropical Storm, this one called ‘Gabrielle’, will be drifting northwards through the Atlantic.
“Ex-hurricanes and tropical storms have the potential to upset the atmosphere in unpredictable ways.
“Further south we will probably escape almost entirely unscathed.”
Swathes of Britain are already feeling the fury of the weather with wind, rain and thunder on the cards through today.
The Met Office has issued a warning for thunder across the West Country which remains in force until later this evening.
Chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “Slow-moving heavy showers and thunderstorms could cause travel disruption in a few places.
“Some flooding of a few homes and businesses likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures.
“There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus.”
Eleanor Bell, an IBM meteorologist for The Weather Company added: “A series of fronts moving will bring mixed periods of wind and rain across from the west, these associated with remnants of ex-hurricane Dorian Wednesday and remnants of Tropical Storm Gabrielle Thursday.”