Maps show Britain facing 10 days of torrential downpours

The UK is set to be besieged by 10 days of torrential downpours and fierce gales whilst Europe suffers through a heatwave.

Parts of the UK will see five millimetres of rain per hour and wind speeds of up to 40mph towards the end of July.

The latest episode in a tumultuous summer of weather comes as Europe experiences heatwave after heatwave causing forest fires and extreme weather conditions.

There are fears that after suffering an intense period of wet weather, the UK could be on the receiving end of 40-degree temperatures in August.

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Weather maps show that northeast England and Wales will be the hardest hit by the damp conditions as the weather rolls in.

The wind is forecast to reach its highest speed as it races through the English Channel.

Weather maps indicate it could reach speeds of up to 46.8mph as it batters ships and dinghies traversing and crossing one of the world’s busiest stretches of water.

Meanwhile, European countries are suffering through an intense heatwave which has seen the mercury rise closer and closer to 50 degrees.

According to the Met Office, temperatures on the Italian island of Sicily have risen as high as 48 degrees.

Speaking to the Mirror, Met Office spokesperson Stephen Dixon said: “Anyone hoping to see warmer weather in the UK might be disappointed.

“The European heat isn’t expected to have any direct impact on the UK in the current forecast period.

“The southern shift of the jet stream is helping to develop high pressure across southern Europe and northern Africa and are bringing some extremely high temperatures for the region, well beyond their usual averages.”

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Mr Dixon added: “Temperatures could reach into the mid-40s Celsius in some parts of Greece and Turkey and remain very high overnight as well.

“The focus of the European heat will gradually shift further southeast over the next week and isn’t going to impact the UK.”

The Met Office said the wet weather pummelling the UK was due to the position of the jet stream.

They said this means there “is more of an Atlantic influence on our weather with a succession of low-pressure systems meaning the weather feels largely unsettled for many, with some longer periods of rain and wind at times”.

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