UK braced for arctic storm this week with 5 days freezing temperatures expected

The UK is braced for an arctic storm this weekend, with five days of freezing temperatures expected.

The Met Office has warned that an Atlantic cyclone is on course to whip up a bout of rain and high winds from Friday (September 30).

Friday is also expected to be the wettest and windiest day we've seen so far this autumn, primarily due to a deeper area of low pressure that is due to to move into the northwest of the country.

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Daniel Rudman, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, said: “A deeper area of low pressure will move into the northwest of the UK.

“This means that many can expect a more notably wet and windy spell, for a time on Friday, than we’ve seen so far this autumn.

“Knock-on effects from the Atlantic tropical cycle season can lower confidence when forecasting more than a few days ahead, and so the exact timings for rainfall and wind strengths for Friday may vary throughout the week.”

He urged Brits to keep up to date with forecasts, especially if they have any outdoor plans.

The meteorologist said: “The best thing you can do if you’ve got outdoor plans is make sure you’re always using the most up to date forecast.”

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Cold weather will hold out through the rest of the week before the unsettled spell ushers a period of milder weather.

A separate low-pressure system hanging around through the next few days will drive the cold weather before Friday’s storm hits.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “Hurricane Fiona is now gone, but the remnants will amplify high pressure in the Atlantic, and this will help the cold flow of air into the UK.

“Low pressure will hang around for a few days through the week to the east of the UK, which means the north-east will be windier and colder. Then another area of low pressure arrives at the end of the week.”


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