UK set to be lashed by torrential rain and 50mph gales as ‘pressure vortex’ hits

Britain is set to be lashed by non-stop rain and gale-force winds as a huge vortex barrels towards the UK this week.

The 2,000-mile wide ‘pressure vortex’ spanning the Atlantic threatens widespread disruption and weather misery from Wednesday.

While temperatures are expected to climb to unseasonable highs today – soaring to a balmly ‘feels like’ 21C in London – the Atlantic weather system will crash into UK shores on Tuesday night.

The giant low pressure ‘vortex’ could see 20mm of rain dumped and gusts of 50mph, disrupting the south and west from Wednesday until the weekend, with wet and windy conditions continuing into next week.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: “This week, a huge vortex of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic will see the jet stream fling a succession of wet and windy spells towards UK.

“The potential for disruptive winds needs to be watched. Western parts are most prone. Several wet spells are expected.”

It comes as Britons have been urged to batten down the hatches as five more storms look set to lash the country before Christmas in what could be a record breaking year.

So far three storms have hit the country this Autumn, with Ali and Bronagh arriving in September and Callum the month after.

Ex-hurricane Oscar’s 65mph gusts cancelled fireworks displays in the north of England.

As Christmas nears five more storms are forecast to land according to The Weather Company, the world’s biggest commercial forecaster.

They will be called Deirdre, Erik, Freya, Gareth and Hannah.

If the turbulent weather does materialise it would make 2018 a record breaking one, with eight named storms hitting the UK in the year up until Christmas.

In 2015 – the year storms were first named – five landed, followed by two in 2016 and three in 2017.

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “Four more named Atlantic storms are expected by early December, plus the risk of a fifth named storm before Christmas.

“Travel disruption and wind gusts over 90mph in parts of the North and West are expected.

“A stormy, mobile Atlantic pattern is forecast in early winter, before a colder pattern from New Year onwards as westerly winds ease.”

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