Published on : Wednesday, February 1, 2017
A yellow weather warning (“be aware”) covering the south of the country as well as Wales and north west England was issued by the forecaster on Tuesday amid fears that conditions may cause damage to trees and buildings.
Last night, forecasters at the Met Office said the system would be named if it was upgraded to an amber “be prepared” warning.
The Met Office also warned of potential surface flooding, but said properties near rivers should not be affected as it had been unexpectedly dry in recent weeks.
Power supplies and travel may also be disrupted, the warning said, as winds reach up to 80mph in exposed coastal areas.
A strong jet stream, with winds over 200 mph above 30,000 ft, will bring further rain and very strong winds this week, especially on Friday
They said it was possible that would happen on Wednesday when more details are known about the system’s progress, as it may instead move towards France.
Speaking about the warning, the chief forecaster added: “A number of potentially vigorous low pressure systems are likely to move quickly towards northwest Europe later this week.
“One of these, on Friday, may affect parts of southern parts of the UK. However, it is worth stressing that there are a number of scenarios in which the strongest winds miss the UK altogether.”