‘Strong jet stream’ to unleash more 70mph winds and heavy rain on flood-hit UK

Flood-hit Britain is facing more weather misery as it is set to be battered by gale-force winds and heavy rain this week, the Met Office has said.

Storm Dennis unleashed chaos on the UK at the weekend as flooding left entire towns under water, sparking major incidents across the country.

More than 600+ flood alerts were issued as rivers bursted their banks, with Wales being hardest hit with two months of rain falling in just 24 hours.

Two people were killed in the storm in Kent and south Wales after entering the sea and river during violent waves amid the rainfall and 70mph winds.

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But as the flood-ravaged areas begins to recover from the storm today, the weather forecast for this week has made for bleak reading.

The Met Office has forecasted more rain and gale-force winds to lash the nation later this week, potentially sparking further floods.

It states: “Rain spreading east, heavy in western areas, clearing to sunshine and showers on Thursday.

“Further rain spreading southeast on Friday with gales developing across many places.”

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BBC Weather has also forecasted the same, stating: A band of rain, some heavy, will sweep across the country with strong winds on Thursday.

“Snow possible for the northern hills. Friday will see showers or longer spells of rain across the country. Very windy too.”

Maps on WXCharts show places in northern Scotland will see 80mph winds on Friday, while most of England is hit by 50mph gusts.

The band of rain sweeps the country on Wednesday and Thursday, mainly falling over northern England and Wales. Friday could see more heavy rain in south Wales which has been worst hit by Dennis.

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Net Weather has put the continuing bad weather down to a “strong” jet stream that is pulling in strong winds and low pressure systems.

Its forecast reads: “A strong Jet Stream continues to bring unsettled often windy weather throughout next week, with still few signs of a change.

“It'll mostly be on the mild side though, with the East and South seeing the best of of the sunny spells between times.”

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Meanwhile Weather Outlook predicts: “Wednesday starts mainly dry but outbreaks of rain quickly reach the west of the UK.

“Through the day wet and windy weather pushes eastwards across most of the country. Over the Scottish mountains snow is likely for a time. After a chilly start it turns milder.

“The rest of the week remains mixed. All areas have further wet spells but they will be most frequent in the north and west.”

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