Storm Mathis to batter Britain over next 16 hours with 70mph winds

UK weather: Further wet conditions forecast by Met Office

A French-named storm which is currently pushing up through Europe is going to rip through Britain in hours, with potential to cause “structural damage to buildings.” The French Met Office has named cyclonic low pressure system Storm Mathis, which is pushing up through Europe. While it is set to predominantly impact neighbouring France, its tail end is set to cause a fresh wave of chaos for Britain from this evening. 

Thunderstorms, gusts of up to 60mph and flash flooding may be on the cards for parts of Britain overnight, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning for much of the south-west.

Senior meterologist for British Weather Services, Jim Dale, told that the likes of Devon and Cornwall will be hit hardest overnight. 

He said: “It is from an Atlantic origin and it’s a fairly deep area of low pressure which will come across the Bristol Channel before it heads east to East Anglia. It will have potential to affect southern Wales.

“On higher ground, expect 50 to 60mph gusts, that’s where we are. It’s capable of causing some structural damage.”

The Met Office’s weather warnings for the south west warn of dangerous driving conditions, delays to public transport, and issues for high sided vehicles on exposed roads and bridges.

The warning comes into play from 9pm tonight until midday tomorrow. But Mr Dale said there’s a chance that the south eastern counties may cop the last of it on Saturday morning. 

He added: “There could be up to 30 to 35mm of rain, and the problem is that comes in rather fast, and it has venom attached to it – thunder, potentially flash flooding.”

The Met Office warning continues: “A deep area of low pressure is expected to move eastwards across southern Britain during Thursday evening and Friday morning, bringing spells of strong southerly winds, then a lull, followed by strong west or northwesterly winds. 

“There is uncertainty over the track and depth of the low and this affects how strong the wind will be.

“It is likely that coastal areas will see 50-60 mph gusts, with a low probability of 70 mph over exposed hills and headlands with winds probably peaking after they veer west or northwesterly.

“This could lead to some disruption in places. Along with the strong winds, we will also see heavy rain overnight clearing as the low progresses eastwards.”

While the south west will bear the worst of the stormy conditions, parts of northern France are under amber weather warnings, with the wrath of the storm set to take hold today.

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In terms of how long the wet weather will last, Mr Dale, a weather expert and author, said next week things will begin to dry up.

Temperatures will begin to improve just in time for the Easter weekend, although it’s not yet clear how much warmer it’ll get. 

He added: “The bad comes first and the good will come second. It will be a pleasantly warm Easter – Easter is a big marker for weather, so it’s good that we’re getting all the rain now. 

“It will be a temperate Easter.”

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