Storm clouds gathering for next week

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The lovely autumn weather is expected to take a drastic turn for the worse.

Strong wind and rain is expected and the Met Office has warned of a regional risk of surface water flooding on Monday.

It has issued a yellow “be aware” warning.

Forecasters say a band of persistent heavy rainfall is expected to spread across northern England during the day.

Spells of heavy rain is also forecast for most parts particularly over Saturday and Sunday.

Southern England could be hit by a huge storm on Monday with the potential for gusts of more than 80 mph.

Eddy Carroll, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “This storm doesn’t exist at the moment, but our forecasts models predict it is likely to develop in the west Atlantic on Saturday. Then it’s likely to rapidly intensify just west of the UK late on Sunday before tracking across England and Wales early on Monday.

“There is still a chance this storm may take a more southerly track and miss the UK, bringing impacts elsewhere in northern Europe, but people should be aware there is a risk of severe weather and significant disruption.”

Normally Atlantic storms of this type develop much further to the west of the UK and are waning in strength by the time they reach the UK and Ireland.

This storm is more unusual, developing much closer to the UK and potentially tracking across the country while still in its most powerful phase. A strong jet stream and warm air close to the UK are both contributing to the development and strength of the storm.

If the storm arrives in line with current predictions, some areas could see some of their strongest winds for a number of years.