UK weather forecast: Tornado warning as 87mph Atlantic storms to hammer Britain in HOURS

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The Met Office said wet and windy weather for most parts of the UK for the rest of today and the first week of November is on the cards. Wind speeds could reach more than 50 miles an hour throughout today and into next week, it is expected.

Steven Keats, meteorologist at the Met Office, said conditions would start “going downhill” in the west throughout Sunday.

He said: “Further West heavy rain will be picking up and there’ll be some heavy rain coming in from the Atlantic.

“That will dominate the weather into tomorrow.

“Heavy rain will push across into…western parts of England and Wales and be accompanied by some pretty strong and gusty winds.”

Mr Keats said parts of Wales and southern England could see winds of around 40 or 50 miles an hour which could “potentially cause problems.”

He added: “It’ll be a pretty wild start to Sunday.

“Given the fact that trees are in full leaf and the ground is pretty saturated in many areas, you could get one or trees coming down.

“It’s going to be very unsettled.”

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Mr Keats said that declining temperatures throughout next week would bring a “seasonal” feel and that weather would remain “unsettled,” though risks of “hefty downpours” remained.

He added: “The most disruptive potential from the weather will be in the next 24 to 36 hours.”

It comes as emergency services in Wales joined a multi-agency search following reports of people in distress in the water.

It was reported locally that those involved in the incident were paddleboarders.

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It also comes after multiple flood warnings were issued on Saturday and some areas received more than a month’s worth of rain in 48 hours.

Meanwhile, Meteorologist Tom Morgan said the Met Office could not confirm any tornadoes had hit the UK but would not rule them out throughout today.

He added: “We’ve got a deep Atlantic area of low pressure that’s bringing a very heavy band of rain and squalling winds across the whole of the country, but particularly in the south of England.

“We’ve seen some very strong gusts of wind on the south coast… and a few reports of damage from the winds.

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“It’s not out of the question that there will have been some localised, brief funnel clouds or tornadoes.

“In the last couple of days we have seen some reports and seen some photos of funnel clouds and water spouts, which are similar to tornadoes.”

Tornadoes occur when funnel clouds extend from the cloud base to ground, Mr Morgan said.

He added that wind speeds of 87mph were recorded at an exposed location on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, and there were gusts of 60mph across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex.

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