UK Weather: Forecasters predict Britain will be battered by 5 storms this winter

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Forecasters are predicting Britain will be hit by five named storms this winter.

The first, Storm Aiden, could batter the country as early as Wednesday as experts suggest we are facing two weeks of 70mph gales and heavy rains.

The 900-mile wide “Atlantic torment” is due to sweep in and cause disruption, with northern regions worst hit.

That would be followed by storms Bella, Christoph, Darcy and Evert over the winter.

They are the official names picked by forecasters for this year’s expected torrent of bad weather.

The Met Office said: “The Atlantic jetstream will really power up and could generate very wet and windy weather late in the week.

“Computer models show the potential for deep areas of low pressure.

“The period until October 9 will be generally windy, with a risk of gales, potentially severe, particularly in the north.

“It will feel cold through early October and frost is possible at night.”

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at the Weather Channel, has forecast five named storms this autumn and winter.

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He said: “A succession of Atlantic low pressure areas over the next two weeks [will bring] gusts up to 60-70mph in the west, with high rainfall and risks of floods and travel disruption.”

The Met Office has already suggested that the autumn would be windier than normal.

It said: “There is an increased likelihood of westerly winds from the Atlantic.”

Last winter there were four named storms that hit Britain.

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In February Storm Ciara was branded the “storm of the century” with winds of up to 97mph, while in 2018 Storm Callum led to severe flooding.

In 2016 the gusts of Storm Angus stranded a ferry in the Channel, while a record 341mm of rainfall over 24 hours during Storm Desmond in 2015 flooded 5,200 homes in Cumbria and left three dead.

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