UK storm WARNING: Brits braced for gale force winds and torrential rain THIS WEEK



BRITAIN is on storm alert with gale force winds and heavy rain forecast to batter the country.

A tropical blast of air from Europe is set to bring spring-like warmth to the UK in the coming days, with highs of 18C in parts.

But the Met Office has warned of a “low pressure system” developing in the Atlantic Ocean that could turn into a named storm.

It will be Britain’s windiest week since last winter as gale-force winds of 80mph rip through the whole country.

Scotland, the Midlands, and Northern Ireland are expected to be in the firing line, while southern England will also experience heavy rain.

The Met Office has already issued one warning for heavy rain across north and northwest England on Wednesday.

It said flooding is possible and severe disruption to public transport is expected.

It added that the tempest has the potential to be named Storm Caroline.

A storm is named when it could trigger severe “be prepared” or “take action” weather warnings.

It would be the third named storm of autumn and has the potential for serious warnings.

Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said: “Strong winds ramp up on Wednesday with Thursday a particularly wet and windy day, with the south-east and north-west seeing the strongest winds and quite possibly severe gales.

“Gusts could be higher locally, and further fronts cross the country until the weekend.”

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze added: “There is potential for a storm to be named.

“It looks stormy as gusts over 80mph are shown on forecast models in midweek.

“A procession of low pressures blow in until the end of the week.”

The storm will mark the start of months of weather havoc, that will see freezing temperatures and powerful gusts.

Britain is being punished by an early winter “curse” that has sent temperatures nosediving below freezing for the last four weekends.

This weekend bone-chilling Arctic winds swept across the UK causing thermometers to crash with snow in parts of Scotland.

But looking further ahead, the miserable wintry weather is expected to continue for months, with snow, showers and 24 storms forecast until January.

AccuWeather forecaster Tyler Roys said: “Britain is most likely to see 17 to 22 wind storms with gusts over 50mph by the end of winter, with a total of 24 wind storms a 20-30% chance.

“There were 23 wind storms in the stormy 2015-16 winter.

“Wind storm totals include storms named and not named by the Met Office.

“Numerous wind storms this winter with gusts of 50 to 75mph would not be named, as storm naming is based on impacts, not wind speeds.”