French cyclone to bring 10 days of torrential rain to Britain in grim forecast

A French cyclone is bringing heavy rain to the UK which is being driven by gusty winds and according to experts, will bring the possibility of thunderstorms.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: “The main story for the next 10 days the risk of rain which will arrive in plumes from Spain, France and the Bay of Biscay.

“Some of these will be heavy with the risk of thunder, and although wind will not be the main issue, there will be some strong gusts in exposed areas or around the coasts."

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“While this will be good news in terms of replenishing the rivers and reservoirs which are still low after summer, it is going to be a particularly unsettled period of weather.”

Mr Dale, author of Weather Or Not? added: “This area of low pressure which has become wrapped up with the jet stream is spinning to the south west of the country, and will start sending spirals of rain towards the UK.

According to the Met Office, a battle between high and low pressure will contribute to the wintery conditions the UK has faced as of late.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “Looking at the bigger picture, high pressure is to the north, low pressure to the southwest.

“And this week is going to be a bit of a scrap between these two weather systems. Eventually, the low will win out.

“As the low squeezes up against the high, the isobars push together, suggesting at times it's going to be quite blustery."

Despite forecasts detailing rain and wind, temperatures are expected to hit 20C in some areas.

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Mr Deakin added: “There will be showers coming and going through the day on Friday."

“But, with a bit of sunshine, temperatures certainly in the southeast could be knocking on the door of 20C easily.

“And elsewhere, temperatures still will be well above average because the air is still coming up from the south.”

Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis added: “It is likely to continue being unsettled over the weekend, though there is some uncertainty over regional details.

“Sunday could be windy with showers or longer spells of rain across the south, drier and brighter but breezy across the north."

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