Frequent storms batter the UK thanks to drastic air changes, Met Office explains

Two more incoming storms are set to pound rain-soaked Britain this week.

The Met Office has now issued a warning of 90mph winds as the storms hit across the north of England and Scotland.

Incoming Storm Dudley will be followed by Storm Eunice in a double whammy of windy weather set to pummel the country.

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "Significant disruption is possible from both Storm Dudley and Storm Eunice with strong winds one of the main themes of the current forecast.

"The most impactful winds from Dudley will be in the north on Wednesday afternoon, as shown in the amber warning area.

"Storm Eunice is expected to track eastwards from early on Friday, bringing the most significant winds to the central and southern areas of the UK, with some gusts possible in excess of 95mph in exposed coastal areas."

With the amber warnings are now in place for yet another storm, many people will be left wondering how two storms of significant size are occurring in the same week.

Why are there so many storms?

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Four storms have already hit northeast England since November 2021 and their frequency has left people wondering why there have been so many.

A spokesperson for the University of Plymouth explained to the Sunderland Echo that storms have been caused by cold air over the North Atlantic meeting warmer air further south. With a significant change in temperature, storms are formed as the air mixes.

They said: "We have experienced a succession of deep Atlantic low-pressure systems caused by a strong high-level jet stream in the upper atmosphere.

"Add wind into the mix, which is also driven by strong contrasting temperatures, and this is why very wet and windy weather has been brought to parts of the UK during recent winters."

Are there more storms to come?

Despite expert knowledge, predicting the weather far into the future remains difficult and there are no guarantees.

Some people have questioned if climate change is contributing to more storms.

No link has yet been found between recent storms and the effects of climate change, as Storm Dudley becomes the fifth storm since November.

The Met Office has previously issued a report on its understanding of climate change. It drew on the fact that the stormiest recorded year for Brits was over the 2013/2014 season.

"Little evidence" has been found linking storms and climate change.

"Warming water in the North Atlantic could potentially increase the risk of more ex-tropical storms being directed across the UK during the autumn season," said the weather agency.

"However, similar to winter, there are other factors that influence autumn storms and the number across the UK varies significantly from year to year due to natural influences."

Will there be snow this week?

The Met Office has raised the possibility of snow this week caused by Storm Eunice.

It said: "Although Storm Eunice’s strongest winds will be on its southern edge, the northern flank of the system brings the potential for some snow to northern areas. A yellow warning for wind and snow has been issued covering Northern Ireland, northern England and southern Scotland."

There may be up to 5cm of snow in areas at a lower altitude, with higher grounds possibly experiencing up to 20cm.

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