The flood misery that the UK experienced last year is set to be repeated as experts are forecasting storms and torrential downpours heading our way.
Last year’s floods wreaked havoc and the same chaos is set to happen again according to forecasters; the Met Office is predicting a battering over the next three months and emergency services, councils and transport officials are using the information to prepare their contingency action plans.
The UK is set to experience a wet week following the driest ever September and heading into the next three months, the Met Office is forecasting wetter than normal weather due to the “intense” depressions that are loaded with an “increased risk” of heavy rainfall and the high number of Atlantic storm conditions.
One of the storms that raged in October last year, killed four people as the UK was blasted by 99mph winds which caused at least 660,000 power cuts and transport nightmares.
And just a few weeks later, December 2013 was the stormiest month in over 20 years and set the tone for the wettest Winter ever, as insurance companies had to cough up £426 million for the Christmas and New Year floods.
The upside to the gloomy news is that the Winter, for all its floods and storms will have above average temperatures, which means that snow is less likely as warm Westerly air and warm seas push the mercury up.
An expert for the Met Office said: “From mid-October to December, computer models are remarkably consistent in showing a much more cyclonic regime, suggesting a greater frequency of episodes of unsettled weather and an increased risk of heavy rainfall episodes relative to usual for the time of year.
“Atlantic depressions can be intense and carry large amounts of moisture, making late autumn and winter often the stormiest and wettest part of the year. Particularly unsettled weather pattern can produce very mild conditions, particularly with positive sea surface temperatures as currently. Above-average temperatures are favoured for October-December. El Nino conditions are not expected to exert an influence on weather patterns in Europe during the next three months.”