UK faces 90mph storm as 'stratopheric polar vortex' barrels to UK in 48 HOURS – Met Office

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UK faces 90mph storm as 'stratopheric polar vortex' barrels to UK in 48 HOURS – Met Office

The churning Atlantic low-pressure cyclone will barrel in on Wednesday amid government warnings for brutal winds, travel chaos and power outages.Ga

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The churning Atlantic low-pressure cyclone will barrel in on Wednesday amid government warnings for brutal winds, travel chaos and power outages.

Gales upwards of 90mph and torrential rain will kick in on Tuesday night driven by a powerful jet stream wedged over the UK and atmospheric shifts over the Arctic.

Scotland and northern England will take the brunt of the assault although nowhere will dodge the blast.

The Met Office has within the last hour upgraded ‘danger to life’ warnings for hurricane strength winds which threaten to rip tiles from buildings and send debris flying.

It has named the storm ‘Dudley’, the third this winter following Arwen and Barra last year, and Corrie at the end of January.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Storm Dudley is expected to affect the UK on Wednesday night and Thursday, bringing a period of very strong and disruptive winds.

“There is a good chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.

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

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, warned Britain’s weather is about to take revenge for the sedate start to winter.

He said: “This is vengeance time to make up for the very calm start to the winter we saw during January.

“The action will start on Wednesday afternoon as a deep low pressure-system comes in from the Atlantic with the potential to deliver storm-force winds and rain.

“The teeth of this storm will bite Scotland and northern England although the whole of the country will be windy.

“Winds will be in the region of between 60 and 75mph, although exposed parts could see 90mph-plus.”

BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker warned stormy weather could hold out through the week.

He said: “A powerful jet stream will make a beeline for the UK propelling areas of low pressure in our direction one after another.

“From Tuesday there will be some strong winds starting to develop with large waves along the western coasts.

“The next big low storms in on Wednesday and this really is a large one.

“Mid-week onwards, we could see some deep areas of low pressure which will be very intense.”

Mild air dragged in from the Atlantic on the back of relentless storm systems could nudge temperatures to 15C in parts of the country.

However, it will follow another cold blast on Tuesday as bitter air floods in from the Arctic.

Scotland and northern Britain are on alert for snow through the start of the week with another dumping likely ahead of the weekend.

Britain’s chaotic weather is being stirred up by a powerful jet stream and a strong stratospheric polar vortex.

This circling channel of winds high over the North Pole has been firing at exceptionally high speeds since the start of the year.

It is showing signs of dipping into the troposphere­–the layer of the atmosphere closest to ground level­–through the coming days.

Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis said: “The exceptionally strong stratospheric polar vortex since the start of the year, record-breakingly strong for a few days recently, looks to finally couple fully with the troposphere.

“This means a strong polar vortex through all levels of the atmosphere is looking most likely as we see out meteorological winter.

“It is likely the UK will see a continuation of strong zonal westerlies with a conveyor of lows passing over or north of the UK bringing spells of wet and windy weather at times and generally it will be on the mild side.”

The Met Office has issued an amber wind alert across northern England to take effect from Wednesday evening.

Another yellow alert is in force across Scotland, parts of Wales and northern Britain not under amber.

A Met Office spokesman added: “It will beery unsettled with spells of rain and very strong wind for most areas.

“It will be mild in the south, especially on Wednesday, but colder in the north with wintry showers at times.”

Mild air dragged in from the Atlantic on the back of relentless storm systems could nudge temperatures to 15C in parts of the country.

However, it will follow another cold blast on Tuesday as bitter air floods in from the Arctic.

Scotland and northern Britain are on alert for snow through the start of the week with another dumping likely ahead of the weekend.

Britain’s chaotic weather is being stirred up by a powerful jet stream and a strong stratospheric polar vortex.

This circling channel of winds high over the North Pole has been firing at exceptionally high speeds since the start of the year.

It is showing signs of dipping into the troposphere­–the layer of the atmosphere closest to ground level­–through the coming days.

Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis said: “The exceptionally strong stratospheric polar vortex since the start of the year, record-breakingly strong for a few days recently, looks to finally couple fully with the troposphere.

“This means a strong polar vortex through all levels of the atmosphere is looking most likely as we see out meteorological winter.

“It is likely the UK will see a continuation of strong zonal westerlies with a conveyor of lows passing over or north of the UK bringing spells of wet and windy weather at times and generally it will be on the mild side.”

The Met Office has issued an amber wind alert across northern England to take effect from Wednesday evening.

Another yellow alert is in force across Scotland, parts of Wales and northern Britain not under amber.

A Met Office spokesman added: “It will beery unsettled with spells of rain and very strong wind for most areas.

“It will be mild in the south, especially on Wednesday, but colder in the north with wintry showers at times.”



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