UK weather: Icelandic storms with 65mph gales to lash Britain in chilly Arctic blast


An Icelandic storm with 65mph gales are due to hit in the coming days as an Arctic Easter threatens Britain.

Experts at the Met Offices warn of gales and downpour hitting the North-West from Tuesday, which could spread to other parts from Thursday amid an 800 mile-wide torment centred on Iceland.

Official British Summer Time (BST) will start next weekend as gusts of 65mph are set to lash the North-West, and up to 50mph in the South and Midlands, weather maps show.

Under lockdown rules, England’s ‘stay home’ order ends on Monday, March 29.

This means people will be free to go outdoors for non-essential reasons.

And it paves the way for families to meet up who live in different areas.

Forecasters at the Met Office say the North-West could be worst affected by the Icelandic storm, with the South-East hit at times.

With further tempests near Iceland due to follow, Government weathermen warned of wet and windy spells until Easter Sunday for the North-West.

Strong winds are set to batter the North-West

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “The storm track goes to Iceland. The further north and west you are, the more changeable it will be, with outbreaks of rain and wind at times.”

Another Met Office forecaster said: “Rain and stronger winds arrive in the North-West later on Tuesday.

“Northern and western parts will see the heaviest rain and strongest winds from Thursday, with unsettled conditions and possibly fresh to strong winds for other parts at times.

“Unsettled conditions may continue in the northwest through to the end of March and to April 4. Southeastern parts are most likely to experience the best of any dry and sunny conditions.”

A map showing wind gusts from the 800 mile-wide torment centred on Iceland

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weather trending said: “Most of the UK faces a more disturbed spell, with rain initially heaviest in the North-West from midweek.

“March ends with low pressure on centre stage, with rainfall and cool conditions into April.

“We may see northerly winds. April isn’t too late for wet snow.”

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