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STORMS are set to thrash Britain this weekend, with wet and windy weather expected as we move into October.
The UK will be hit with a 900-mile wide “Atlantic torment” from Thursday to Saturday, alongside two weather warnings.
There are two yellow weather warnings in place this week, bringing intense wind and rain to parts of the UK.
Parts of south-west Scotland will be hit today with torrential downpours, with up to 50mm of rainfall in some areas.
On Friday, the southern coast of England has a yellow warning in place as wet and windy weather is expected to bring flooding and transport disruption.
The Met Office said: "Rain and showers overnight Thursday into Friday will turn heavier and more persistent during Friday morning, along with a strengthening east to north easterly wind.
"Some places could receive 40-50 mm over the course of 12-18 hours, most likely in the south of this region, combined with gusts of 45-55mph inland during Friday morning rush hour."
The autumn forecast warned of windier-than-normal conditions.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “The Atlantic jetstream will really power up and could generate very wet and windy weather late in the week.
“Computer models show potential for deep areas of low pressure.”
If an amber weather warning is issued for the ferocious weather front coming to Britain, the storm is likely to named, with Met Office forecasters saying it will be called Aiden – the first storm of autumn.
Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on next month being the wettest October on record in the UK to 6-4 (from 3-1) as the early forecasts point to a damp month.
"It's going to be a very damp start to October and with Storm Aiden set to bring with it torrential downpours, the odds have been slashed on it being a record wet month," said Coral's John Hill.
A Met Office forecaster said: “It turns increasingly unsettled through midweek with rain and strong winds.
“The period until October 9 will be generally windy, with a risk of gales, potentially severe, particularly in the North.
“The heaviest and most prolonged spells of rain will begin in the North and West, but are likely to become more widespread across the UK.
“It will feel cold through early October and frost is possible at night.
“Mid-October has a potential change to dry spells, with rain and strong winds at times.”
Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, added: “Around five named storms are forecast this autumn and winter.
“A succession of Atlantic low pressure areas over the next two weeks could see gusts of up to 60-70mph in the West, with high rainfall amounts and risks of floods and travel disruption.”
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