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Five more storms forecast before Christmas as 2,000 mile pressure vortex builds

Britons are urged to batten down the hatches as five more storms look set to lash the country before Christmas in what could be a record breaking year.

The UK is facing the stormiest early winter for years as a 2,000-mile wide ‘pressure vortex’ spanning the Atlantic threatens gale-force disruption from Wednesday.

So far three storms have hit the country this Autumn, with Ali and Bronagh arriving in September and Callum the month after.

Last night ex-hurricane Oscar’s 65mph gusts cancelled fireworks displays in the north of England.

And there is worse to come.

A giant low pressure ‘vortex’ spanning virtually the whole Atlantic could see gusts pushing 50mph, disrupting the south and west from Wednesday until the weekend, with wet and windy conditions continuing into next week.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: “This week, a huge vortex of low pressure in the eastern Atlantic will see the jet stream fling a succession of wet and windy spells towards UK.

“The potential for disruptive winds needs to be watched. Western parts are most prone. Several wet spells are expected.”

As Christmas nears five more storms are forecast to land according to The Weather Company, the world’s biggest commercial forecaster.

They will be called Deirdre, Erik, Freya, Gareth and Hannah.

If the turbulent weather does materialise it would make 2018 a record breaking one, with eight named storms hitting the UK in the year up until Christmas.

In 2015 – the year storms were first named – five landed, followed by two in 2016 and three in 2017.

Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, said: “Four more named Atlantic storms are expected by early December, plus the risk of a fifth named storm before Christmas.

“Travel disruption and wind gusts over 90mph in parts of the North and West are expected.

“A stormy, mobile Atlantic pattern is forecast in early winter, before a colder pattern from New Year onwards as westerly winds ease.”

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