Double Trouble: Two Atlantic Storms Heading to Northern UK

Tuesday 06th Jan 2015 by theWeather Club

The north of the UK is set to experience very unsettled weather over the next few days as two rapidly deepening Atlantic storms develop. According to a Met Office press release, northern Scotland is expected to see the strongest winds with gusts up to 90 mph in exposed regions as the low pressure systems pass by to the north on Friday and Saturday. Northern parts of the UK will also experience strong winds as early as Wednesday, with gusts of 60-70mph.

The jet stream - a narrow band of fast-moving winds in the upper atmosphere - is playing a role in the development of the storms. Frank Saunders, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The jet stream is going to be particularly strong later this week and this effectively fuels the low pressure systems moving across the Atlantic, causing them to deepen rapidly as they pass to the north of the UK.

“This will bring some very strong winds across the UK, but they will most likely be strongest in northern Scotland – which is expected to see the greatest impacts from the weather. This is likely to cause disruption in places and people should stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings to get the latest information as we move closer to the end of the week.”

However, Mr Saunders added: “The outlook for the next few days is very different to conditions last year when the jet stream was taking these storms right across the UK. Because the jet stream is further north, the storms will follow its path and this will mean the far north will see the strongest winds – while winds will be less strong in the south.”

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