BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns thunder, hail and fierce gales to thrash Britain

BBC forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned temperatures will plummet overnight with lowest of 3C for many and a frosty start to the morning. The forecaster also warned of fresh weather fronts arriving from the Atlantic bringing heavy, thundery showers and hail. She said: “Through the evening and overnight we’ll have some clear skies so the temperatures will plummet quite quickly and for some of us in Scotland and possibly in some parts of England we could see some air frost.

“Out towards the west the cloud coming in ahead of low pressure and also the showers will be there.

“So tomorrow morning a chilly start but a dry one, especially the further east that you travel.

“There will be quite a bit of sunshine but with the low pressure coming in and weather fronts rotating around it, we’ll start to see those showers become a bit more widespread.

“Some of them could be heavy and thundery with some hail and with blustery winds, some of them will also be driven towards the east.”

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October has been an incredibly wet month for Britain with several areas across the UK being battered by torrential rainfall and experiencing intense flooding and mudslides as a result of the unrelenting rainfall.

Strong force winds have been a common accompaniment with these winds making conditions across parts of the UK extremely blustery this month.

The arrival of October has brought with it typical British autumnal wet and windy weather after a summer with record-breaking heatwaves.

A wind chart showing the levels of wind expected over the coming days indicates that the UK will be smashed with 50mph winds across parts of the country from Thursday morning through Friday.

According to the Beaufort Wind Scale winds at 47 to 54mph are defined as strong gales.

These winds are known to have broken branches off of trees, blown shingles from roofs and cause high crested waves.

A spokesman told “It is going to be quite blustery this week.

“As we go through Thursday western parts of Ireland, Northern Ireland and southern parts will see stronger gusts.

“Coastal areas will see gusts close to 50mph, as we go through Thursday night to Friday, the English Channel and maybe southern parts of Wales as well will likely be quite windy which will bring a risk of gales to coastal parts reaching 50mph possible.

“As we go through Friday in exposed parts, it is worth bearing in mind that 50mph is not especially windy for the time of year. We see that relatively often, it is a standard deep area of low pressure that is coming across the UK towards the end of the year.


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“We have this area of deep low pressure which is currently to the south of Iceland and it is quite a mature feature as much as it has been there for a long time and t has taken quite a while to develop.

“It is this that is going to track across the UK over the coming days. So that is why it is going to be showery and bring some blustery winds as well and with that, some coastal gales are quite likely in the south.

“I would not have thought flooding would be too much of an issue.

“You have to bear in mind that it has been pretty wet so far this month so there might be some residual impacts.

“But the showers should move through fairly quickly, there could be some heavy ones but they are unlikely to cause or lead to any large totals in any particular place.

“The winds it may cause some coastal issues such as large waves, but at the moment we are not warning of anything too disruptive - so a kind of typical, blustery and showery autumnal day.”

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