STORM Brian will be the next severe weather front to hit Britain in the 2017/18 meteorological calendar.
It is set to barrel through the country between now and Christmas — here is the latest on how it will affect the UK’s weather.
Where is Storm Brian?
Storm Brian will be the second of seven expected storms to pummel Britain between September and Christmas — although it is not yet known when it will hit.
A record period of bad weather is being forecast in the run up to the end of 2017.
Just three storms hit in the same period in 2016, while five lashed Britain between September and December 25 the previous year.
Forecasters at AccuWeather say increased Atlantic air pressures will usher in an extreme period of bad weather in the coming months.
There will be low pressure near Iceland and high pressure near the Azores, known as a “positive North Atlantic Oscillation”.
This can trigger more powerful high-altitude Atlantic jet stream winds, which catapult more storms at Britain.
AccuWeather forecaster Tyler Roys said: “Britain could easily have seven storms named by the Met Office by Christmas.
“Storm centres will travel just north of Scotland, leading to rain to batter much of Scotland each time they pass through.”
The remnants of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Lee are expected to hit the UK on October 1 with reports the tropical storms could converge to become Storm Brian as they reach Britain.
What will be Storm Brian’s impact on UK weather?
“The storms’ impacts are likely to be significant”, AccuWeather’s Tyler Roys said.
“A more active autumn and early winter storm period is expected this year, due to a positive North Atlantic Oscillation.”
Brian will therefore likely follow in the footsteps of Storm Aileen, which hit in early September.
Peak winds of 83mph were recorded at The Needles on the Isle of Wight, while Mumbles in Wales recorded a top speed of 74mph as the first named storm of the year hit the UK.
Heavy rain also fell with Bainbridge in North Yorkshire seeing 35.4mm and Walney Island in Cumbria recording 27.8mm.
Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples said this amount of rain fall was “quite a high total” for this time of year.
Police forces in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Gloucestershire all reported trees being blown over by the winds overnight.
The Met Office issued severe warnings for rain and an amber alert for wind covering large swathes of the country including Wales, the North West, the South West and parts of the East coast.
How do I track Storm Brian?
There are a number of ways you can be alerted to severe weather warnings in the UK.
Most people rely on, news sites, radio and TV to find out the latest breaking weather news.
Why are people calling it Brianstorm?
Music fans rejoiced when the Met Office revealed its list of names for the 2017/18 year.
That is because Storm Brian can easily be morphed into Brianstorm — the name of the Arctic Monkeys’ 2007 indie hit.
It remains to be seen whether the storm will hit the band’s hometown of Sheffield.
Referencing the song’s lyrics, twitter user Ross Buchanan joked: “If you don’t wear a T-shirt and tie combination on the day that brianstorm comes then we cannot be friends.”
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