UK facing brutal autumn full of ex-hurricanes in ‘payback’ for sun-soaked summer

Ex-tropical storms and ex-hurricanes has the potential to sweep eastwards and strike the UK during the autumn season, bringing with it periods of wind and rain.

The Met Office confirmed that there was a higher than usual number of tropical storms expected with experts warning that an explosive storm season could be on the cards.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “During the start of September, the jet stream moves southwards, which doesn’t necessarily mean the end of summer, but I do expect to see more in the way of Atlantic activity, and more in the way of low pressure.

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“Don’t be surprised if there is some big event during the month, once we get past the bank holiday, we are looking at the possibility of a big change in the weather.

“The Atlantic will get going in September, and there is everything to play for.”

Water reserves in the UK will receive a much-needed boost through the upcoming rainfall expected to spread across southern UK.

However, Mr Dale said that a "balancing effect" could cause an unsettled autumn following a summer of heatwaves.

He said: “We don’t go through a heatwave like we have seen this summer without some balance and payback during the autumn.

“We will have to keep our eyes on hurricane activity through the next couple of months because there might be some intense activity as September unwinds.

“We will start to replenish lost water, and we might even have too much rain in parts of the northwest, while in the south, the rainfall will be welcome.”

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The UK has already suffered from storms this year, with Storm Eunice wreaking havoc earlier this year, which prompted the Met Office to issue a rare red wind warning for south-west Britain.

According to the Met Office, this autumn is likely to be affected by active tropical cyclone activity.

Mr Dale added: “The energy carried in these systems as they approach the UK can have an impact on our weather.

“Sometimes they drive unsettled conditions, and other times they can encourage warm air up from the south.

“Usually, they have largely blown themselves out by the time they get across the Atlantic to Britain."


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