Christmas may only be six weeks away, but forecasters are predicting record-breaking high temperatures across Britain this week.
Don’t hang up the overcoat just yet though, because they will be accompanied by havoc-wreaking 70mph storms.
Week of weird weather
The week of weird weather means millions will be Christmas shopping as the thermometers nudge 20C (68F) on Tuesday – but the deeply unstable conditions will also unleash 70mph gales and torrential downpours.
Forecasters warned to expect traffic disruption, bridge closures and coastal flooding as brutal winds whip up mammoth waves.
The chaotic weather promises another twist by the weekend as a change in wind direction sends the mercury plummeting.
It comes after a wet and windy weekend put a dampener on bonfire parties in parts of the country while others got away with a dry night.
The outlook for the rest of the week is for more of the same with northern and western regions braced to take the brunt of the battering.
Forecasters are warning of a messy picture across the board although gales over the coming days are unlikely to trigger the first named storm of autumn.
Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Channel UK, said winds were expected to pick up last night (Sunday) with gusts of up to 70mph likely.
Super powerful jet stream charging at 170mph
He blamed the erratic weather on a super-powerful jet stream currently charging towards Britain at speeds of 170mph.
He said: “A strong jet stream is approaching the UK from the Atlantic so we can expect a fast changing weather pattern from the west.
“There will be gales over Scotland for a time on Sunday evening with gusts 50 to perhaps more than 60mph.
“Monday and Tuesday will be windy everywhere with fresh southwesterly winds inland and strong to gales near western and southern coasts.
“Very rough seas are developing off the southwest so expect some ferry delays and rough crossings with high winds may also bringing bridge restrictions.”
He said with temperatures around 5C higher than the average over the next couple of days records could tumble.
“Currently Tuesday looks warm over eastern England with temperatures likely 18C (64F) to 19C (66F),” he said.
“If anywhere rises above 18.3C (65F) it will break the previous daily record for 10th November.
“Temperatures are gradually dropping down after the middle of next week and near normal to end the week.”
The Met Office said it is going to be wet and windy through the week with even inland winds touching 40mph.
Forecaster Jenna Macgregor said gusts of 70mph were last night (Sunday) gearing up to lash Scotland and the north.
She said: “The start of the week is going to be very windy with moderate gales likely inland and stronger winds further north and along western coastal areas.
“It is going to stay pretty breezy throughout the week with the north and the west in for the most unsettled conditions. There is also going to be rain about but it will be mild for the time of year and staying mild overnight.”
AccuWeather forecaster Courtney Spamer (correct) said Britain is battening down the hatches for a stormy week ahead. She warned winds were due to pick up last night (Sunday) with coastal regions braced for gales over the coming days.
She said: “Wind gusts could reach 50-60 mph across northern England and Scotland.
“The highest wind gusts will remain near the coasts, as gale-force winds are expected on southern and western facing beaches in these regions. Additional storm systems will continue the threat for rainfall and gusty winds across the United Kingdom early [this] week.”
The grizzly forecast will bring to an end an unusually calm and mild autumn so far which has seen temperatures much higher than the 9C (48F) average.
Parts of the UK were treated to the first taste at the weekend with gusts of 45mph recorded across the northwest.
Weather Network spokesman Richard Chapman also blamed an unusually strong jet stream for the run of unsettled weather.
He said: “It will be windy for all on Monday with periods of rain, most of it through Scotland, Northwest England and Wales.
“The winds will be severe gale force at times although it will be drier in southern England and probably through eastern England too. It is staying windy on Tuesday with most rain across Scotland and Ireland, drizzle may affect many on the western coast of Wales and England.
“Very little changes on Wednesday and Thursday with the jet stream still positioned overhead, this brings windy weather once again with cloud and periods of rain.”
The Met Office said temperatures will generally stick around 16C (61F) acrid the country this week.
Independent Netweather forecasters said with warm breezes thermometers could nudge 20.1C (68F) in the south and 16C (61F) elsewhere.
By Nathan Rao. Source: Express