UK weather forecast: Atlantic storm with 70mph gales and rain to batter Britain

The UK is set to be hammered by a further storm on the back of the havoc caused by deadly Storms Arwen and Barra, and it is due to come in from the Atlantic with 70mph winds

Huge waves batter the lighthouse at Seaham, County Durham during Storm Arwen
Huge waves batter the lighthouse at Seaham, County Durham during Storm Arwen

Brits are being warned that another named storm could be around the corner, potentially bringing 70mph gales, rain and freezing temperatures next week.

It comes after Storms Arwen and Barry killed at least four people and caused widespread chaos, with tens of thousands of homes losing power.

Temperatures could be quite mild this weekend, rising to about 14C, but unsettled weather could cause further problems for storm-weary Brits.

The Atlantic system has the potential to be disruptive enough to become a named storm, with Corrie the next to be used, and trigger severe weather warnings.

People are being told to watch out for flying debris with a “danger to life” warning issued


Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company, reported The Sun, said: “After Tuesday, another storm is likely to be named in the next week as very strong Atlantic jet stream winds create more deep low pressure areas.”

According to data from Wxcharts, winds in Scotland and northern England could reach almost 70mph by midnight on December 14 as the Atlantic storm hits the country.

Gales could top 70mph by midnight on December 16.

Tyler Roys, a senior meteorologist at Accuweather, is also anticipating the storm to come in from the Atlantic.

The strong winds are set to come in from the Atlantic on Sunday


Andrew Teebay Liverpool Echo)

He told : “There could be a storm that skirts western Ireland on Sunday, but confidence is low on the wind threat but high that it will not be named if it does happen.

“Following that the main storm path will be out in the Atlantic and the UK will just encounter fronts moving through early next week before high pressure potentially settles in for the reminder of next week and that upcoming weekend.”

The new weather system is to come in over the weekend with yellow warnings for strong winds on Sunday and the early hours of Monday in northern Scotland.

Until 6am on December 13, the system will loom over Scotland and blast winds up to 90mph over the Highlands and Eilean Siar and Strathclyde.

Weather warnings for strong winds have been made by the Met Office for Sunday and early Monday

“There is potential for wind gusts to reach 80 to 85 mph, and in excess of 90 mph in a few locations, particularly over the Western Isles,” said the Met Office.

“The strongest gusts will be from a westerly or southwesterly direction.

“However, the very strongest winds may remain just offshore.”

The Met Office warning states the wind could cause a “danger to life” from flying debris.

It stated: “Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible. Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen.

“Road, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible, some roads and bridges may close, power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

“Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.”

UK forecast for the next 5 days


After a bright, frosty start in the east, cloud and rain in the west will spread to most parts. Breezy, but turning milder than recently, especially in the south and west. Clearer, showery weather reaching the far northwest later.


Staying mild and cloudy across England and Wales with some rain and drizzle, mainly in the west. Clearer further north and turning chilly, whilst showers affect the far northwest.


Rain and drizzle across England and Wales moving northwards into Northern Ireland and Scotland. Very mild in the south. Windy in the west, severe gales in the far northwest later.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Widely mild with rain mainly affecting western parts of the UK, some of this heavy. Windy throughout, especially across the far north at first, then again on Wednesday.

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