Storm Ellen smashed areas across the UK on Wednesday and Thursday and although the storm has now passed, parts of Britain are facing more severe storms as wet and windy weather follows the path of the storm. Gales of up to 60mph are anticipated in some regions with the Met Office implementing a severe weather warning across the country.
A Met Office spokesman told Express.co.uk: “The wind that we are seeing now is a separate area of low pressure out to the west of Ireland.
“Storm Ellen was the focus maybe Wednesday and Thursday and immediately afterwards we had a follow-up, low-pressure system coming from the direction of west Ireland, which was directly behind it which is now bringing the strong winds.
“From now on, winds will be starting to ease down through the day-to-day.
“The weekend will be windy and blustery, but they will continue to ease through the weekend as well.”
Weather maps from WXCharts show Britain will see some stormy conditions into next week.
Over the weekend winds of 40mph could hit parts of north-eastern England.
But heading into the later parts of the week, Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning will see strong winds of 60mph hit the UK again.
The latest forecast comes after Storm Ellen battered the UK on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving several homes in Wales without power and forced many roads to close due to the endangering winds.
Storm Ellen is the latest storm to hit the UK during a storm season for several years.
The latest storms for the previous storm seasons are listed below:
- 2015/2016: Storm Katie – March 27 and 28
- 2016/2017: Storm Ewan – February 26
- 2017/2018: Storm Hector – June 13 to 14
- 2018/2019: Storm Hannah – April 26
The Met Office spokesman added: “Climatologically, we are likely to get more vigorous low pressures, which require storm late naming in the autumn, winter period.
“As we’ve seen before with Storm Hector and Storm Ellen, it is possible to get low-pressure systems impacting our weather and brought across by the jet stream as we’ve seen with Ellen.”
The Met Office implements weather warnings for different reasons throughout the year.
But they are not simply based on weather threshold levels such as wind gust speeds or rainfall accumulations. Instead, warnings are based upon the potential impact on regions.
The Met Office spokesman said: “In the summer, trees are a full leaf so they act as big sales, essentially capturing the wind, more easily than they do during the winter.
“Now we’ve got lots of people holidaying in the UK camping so, there are all those things to consider that might impact people more in the summer than they would in the winter and therefore it is not simply a threshold-based convention.”
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This storm season the UK has experienced several intense life-endangering storm events.
In the UK the following storms have hit the country: Storm Atiyah, Storm Brendan, Storm Ciara, Storm Dennis and Storm Ellen.
Storm Ciara was the most powerful and long-lived extratropical cyclone which hit the UK and Ireland at peak intensity less than a week apart.
The storm caused widespread damage across Europe and at least 13 fatalities.
Storm Ciara was quickly followed by Storm Dennis a week later which exacerbated intense flooding across the country.
Later in the year, the UK experienced extremely hot weather with temperatures reaching 37C.
In the wake of these heatwave conditions, several thunderstorm warnings were implemented across the UK with storms unleashing heavy rain, lightning, thunder and even hail.
In terms of this pattern of extreme weather, the Met Office spokesman said the low-pressure later in the season was not unprecedented.
He said: “It is not obviously climatologically the norm to have continuous low pressure coming across the UK, but it is not unheard of.”
After the blustery weather, this week eases, more unsettled weather is predicted from Tuesday.
The Met Office spokesman said: “At the moment there are no more warnings coming from the chief meteorologist brief this morning. There is no plan to update any warnings at the moment.
“The only warning we have at the moment is the warning for all of England and Wales is for wind today, which expires at 6pm.
“The weather then stabilises with the winds easing and continued showers, but lots of sunny spells this way, as well.
“Over the weekend and into Monday, there is a chance of further wet and windy weather from Tuesday next week, but at the moment, there is no warnings for that and I don’t think there is enough certainty at the moment to put any warnings off for that, at the moment, but that might be something to keep an eye on for next week, a wet and windy spell.
“It is tricky to say at the moment if this unsettled weather will become a named storm, there is no indication of anything that would require to be named.
“That said, it only takes a few changes in the forecast for things to become more significant and low pressures deeper to cause more impact that might require that to be done so, but at the moment there is nothing that would indicate that.”
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