Storm Brendan has already battered parts of the UK with winds of up to 87mph and the worst of the conditions are yet to come. A band of low pressure is set to swoop in from the Atlantic across the west coast of the British Isles starting tonight. The new low pressure weather system is set to head towards the UK bringing air pressure of 946mb (millibar), according to WXcharts.
The low pressure system forecast would be lower than the 953mb recorded in 1987 which rocked Britain.
The Great Storm of 1987 brought winds of up to 100mph across the country and 18 people were killed.
Severe damage was caused to buildings, roads and railways around the UK.
In addition, it is estimated around 15 million trees were blown down.
The barometer measures the pressure within the atmosphere of Earth at a given location.
A reading of under 1000mb generally indicates a storm is coming.
Netweather.tv forecaster Nick Finnis said: “Storm Brendan was named by Met Eireann over the weekend, as it will have biggest wind impacts over Ireland – where winds could gust to 80mph in the west.
“But gales or severe gales will develop across the UK too, particularly in the west and NE Scotland, with gusts of 60-70mph possible later.
“This sets the scene for a rather turbulent week ahead, with more deepening lows in the pipeline taking aim at the UK tomorrow and Thursday, thanks to a very strong jet stream.”
A yellow wind warning issued by the Met Office – covering the west of the UK, the island of Ireland and the north-east coast of Scotland – is due to stay in place until midnight on Monday.
Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts told Express.co.uk pressure maps “often give a good indication” of what weather system is coming our way but urged caution over its potential impact.
On Monday an 87mph gust was recorded on South Uist in the outer Hebrides, the strongest in the UK so far, while a 76mph gust hit Capel Curig in Wales.
The Environment Agency also has nine flood warnings in place.
A yellow rain warning for rain has also been issued for south-east England on Tuesday afternoon.
Ms Roberts said: “It is actually a different area of low pressure, although it is all sort of wrapped up in Storm Brendan.
“The winds could well be as strong tomorrow, we could see 40-50mph winds inland.”
Published at Mon, 13 Jan 2020 20:12:00 +0000