Storm News: Great Britain
Jan 06, 2007
Killer storms are set to rip into Britain again next week, weather experts warned. Gales of 80mph and torrential rain will sweep across the country in what meteorologists called “a direct hit”. Conditions will be similar to those which generated the freak tornado that tore through London last month and destroyed hundreds of homes. Experts said the destructive winds will begin building from Wednesday, gusting across England and Wales and picking up speed towards the weekend. By Saturday the Atlantic system, described as a “beast” by one forecaster, will see heavy rain and flooding in areas still trying to recover from the devastating impact of November’s and December’s storms. Unlike the storm which brought New Year chaos, this weather front will strike almost all the country, with only the eastern coastal areas escaping the worst of the weather. “The most significant rainfall will be on Sunday and Monday, but the winds could last between five and seven days.” Temperatures are expected to remain very mild for the time of year at up to 54F in the South and 44F in the far North. “Over the next 10 days the weather will be smashing in from the Atlantic." Not all forecasters, however, agreed that the storm would hit Britain. Some predicted the threat of blizzards instead. Some still expected the weather front to track further south. This would allow an Arctic blast to bring freezing temperatures and up to six inches of snow across the whole country.
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