Two rapidly deepening Atlantic storms to affect UK

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Two rapidly deepening Atlatic storms are set to pass just north of the UK by the end of the week bringing some very unsettled weather over the next few days, UK Met Office warned today.

Northern Scotland is likely to see the strongest winds as the storms pass by on Friday and Saturday, January 9 and 10, with gusts of up to 144 km/h (90 mph) or more possible in the most exposed regions.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for northern parts of the UK. Although it will be very windy for most areas, winds will be less strong in southern areas.

The jet stream, a narrow band of fast-moving winds high up in the atmosphere, is playing a role in the development of the storms. Frank Saunders, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "The jet stream is going to be particularly strong later this week and this effectively fuels the low pressure systems moving across the Atlantic, causing them to deepen rapidly as they pass to the north of the UK.

"This will bring some very strong winds across the UK, but they will most likely be strongest in northern Scotland – which is expected to see the greatest impacts from the weather. This is likely to cause disruption in places and people should stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings to get the latest information as we move closer to the end of the week."

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The low will move quickly eastwards on Friday afternoon, but there will be little respite before another rapidly deepening low brings further strong winds later on Friday and through the day on Saturday. 

Featured image and source: UK Met Office

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