Gales and heavy rain to hit Britain for another MONTH

Just days after the St Jude storm caused havoc across southern Britain, there will be more heavy rain and gales this weekend - with forecasters warning the stormy weather could continue for another month.

Thousands of homes were left without power and six lives were lost after the St Jude storm hit the UK.

And the bad weather conditions are set to continue. According to the Mirror, the Met Office has now issued a yellow weather warning urging people to "be aware" for South East England, South West England, and parts of East England from midday on Friday through to 6am on Saturday morning.

Leon Brown, meteorologist for The Weather Channel, said that Britain will remain in the firing line "for whatever the Atlantic throws at us". He told Aol Travel: "The weather will remain very disturbed for the next few weeks and until the third week in November in a strong westerly jet stream.

"In the coming week more gales are expected, but not as severe as the St Jude Storm.

"This weekend a deep Atlantic low pressure system will bring gales to the north and then another system may bring more high winds during the middle of next week, especially to the north. The risk of severe gales for Scotland.

"This weekend one low pressure centre will track across the middle of the country on Saturday with a wet day for northern England and southern Scotland while the south is brighter with showers.

"Strong and gusty winds across England and Wales on Saturday with gusts to 50mph in the west. Also, the precipitation may turn to sleet and hill snow over southern Scotland in the afternoon and evening. There could be 5 to 10cm of snow above 400m over the Southern Uplands.

"The next low pressure system on Sunday will track a lot further south and bring rain to the far south of England in the evening and overnight. Colder and clearer further north with the first widespread frost of the autumn on Monday morning from the Midlands northwards. Temperatures as low as minus 4C in Scotland and minus 3C in northern England. In the north Midlands down to -1C."

He said the storms are not expected to be that bad that they will be named, and, on a positive note, added: "Temperatures at least remaining mild as we head to mid November and often 2 or 3 degrees above normal in southern Britain."

And Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, agreed that the gales could batter Britain until the end of November. He told the Express: "The jet stream is currently behaving like a stuck record, channelling whatever erupts out in the Atlantic right towards the UK.

"So we could see a succession of ferocious and damaging storms rattling on right through to the end of November."

Time for a quick getaway? Try one of these great escapes:

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You can’t beat the sunny Caribbean for a total contrast to the grey skies of Britain. And with the region emerging from its traditional hurricane season, this month is a great time to pick up some bargain beach action on the five-star white sands of the east coast or the wild Atlantic waters of the west. But take in some sights, too - the bustling capital Bridgetown, historic sights from slavery times such as the Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill, and the remarkable underground warren of limestone caverns at Harrison’s Cave.

November marks the end of the wet season here and though there may be the odd tropical downpour, you can pretty much guarantee six hours of sunshine a day and temperatures hovering around 27C. A holiday in this nation of more than a thousand coral islands and atolls is all about lying on white-sand beaches, diving beneath the waves to see the kaleidoscope of marine life, and luxuriating in the world’s top spas. This is the desert-island dream with prices to match, but if you visit this month you can pick up bargains that defy the price hikes in winter high season. 

The cooler air descends on this Middle East hotspot this month making it a pleasant time to explore, especially for those who like to mix a little activity with their culture. There’s much to see and do, from browsing the Mutrah Souk in the ancient capital Muscat to wadi bashing in a 4WD along the riverbeds of rocky valleys. Grand mosques, desert forts shaped like sandcastles, and the stupendous rolling dunes of the Wahiba Sands are also on the agenda in this intriguing destination. 

Take advantage of the cooler weather to do the double. Immerse yourself in this vibrant North African city, where snake charmers are just one of the exotic sights to see in the medina marketplace, the Djema el-Fna. Next, head an hour or so south to the slopes of Morocco’s highest peaks to trek along mountain paths calling at ancient Berber villages. 

The Canaries are a favourite spot to flee to from the British winter, its six main islands including the ever-popular Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. But strike out to the quieter shores of La Gomera, a wild beauty that has been saved from the ravages of mass tourism by its spectacular landscape of deep ravines, lush rainforest and volcanic beaches.

Head to the Serengeti in Tanzania later this month to see herds of more than a million wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebra and antelope, feed on the grasses of the great plain before they begin their annual migration once more, chasing the rains for more than a thousand miles. 

Don’t be fooled, Istanbul may bridge Europe and Asia, but it can be on the chilly side this month. No matter, pull on a fleece and pop an umbrella in your bag then step out into less crowded streets to enjoy top sights such as the opulent Topkapi Palace, the grand Blue Mosque with its six minarets, and the cavernous Basilica Cistern. And after you’ve had your cultural fill, pull up a seat in the nearest restaurant to discover Turkey’s other great attraction, the food. Dine on traditional winter warmers such as Hünkar Begendi, a dish of pureed eggplant, cashar cheese and diced lamb fit for a sultan.

Forget New York, Boston is the place to make the most of the strong pound and get a head-start on that Christmas present list. This charming historic city has a compact, walkable heart and a pleasing variety of shopping experiences, from the brownstone boutiques of Newbury Street, to the cobbles of Quincy Market, and cosy indoor malls such as the Prudential Center. What’s more, shopping taxes are lower and many hotel rooms bigger than in the Big Apple, so you’ll get more bang for your buck.

Get ready to fill those stockings, the festive season gets off to an early start mid-month as the Christmas markets set up their fairylight-bedecked stalls in the squares of towns and cities across Europe. Drink glüwein as you browse nativity scenes and buy baubles for your tree from Arles to Zurich.  

So you can’t wait to hit the slopes? Well, November is still a little early but there’s always the chance of some action on the glaciers. Les Deux Alpes and Tignes in France, Hintertux and Stubai Glacier in Austria, Saas Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland are all good bets.


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Why go? Direct flights from the UK now make it an easy hop across the Atlantic to this palm-fringed island, which boasts 300 beaches. Antigua has a rich colonial heritage, too, best explored at the carefully preserved 19th-century naval complex at Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour. While you're there, don't miss the views from Shirley Heights (pictured), for spectacular views across to the neighbouring island of Montserrat.

Try this: Western & Oriental is offering seven nights at Nonsuch Bay from £1,125 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights from Gatwick, private transfers and accommodation in a one-bedroom apartment. 

This Indian Ocean island has a formidable reputation for great service wherever you go. Its white-sand beaches, sparkling in the heat in December, are hard to leave, yet there’s so much more to see. This island was an important trading post for merchants - and pirates - over the centuries and the influence of a league of nations lives on, from the bustling streets of Chinatown, in the capital Port Louis, to the serene shores of the sacred Hindu lake Grand Bassin. 

Try this: Turquoise Holidays is offering seven nights at Shanti Maurice from £1,730 per person, based on two sharing, a saving of £1,680 per couple, including return flights from Heathrow, transfers, and half-board in a Junior Ocean View Suite. Valid until 22 December.

This is the start of gorilla-watching season in Uganda. It’s easier to make the difficult trek through the mountains to see these friendly giants now that the rains have abated (though still pack waterproofs, you’re heading into serious jungle). Deep in the Bwindi National Park - part of the Impenetrable Forest - discover the home of half the world’s endangered mountain gorillas that still live in the wild. They number barely more than 300. Watch in awe.

The Exceptional Travel Company () is offering the seven-day Uganda Safari - Gorillas, Wildlife & Chimps for £3,575 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights from Heathrow to Kampala, transfers, accommodation including four nights at the Volcanoes Lodge, the services of an expert guide, fees and permits, and a $100 contribution to the Volcanoes Partnership Trust. 

Think Canaries, think bring on the Full English? Think again. Lanzarote, an island of brooding volcanoes, has  managed to contain its tourist development, allowing its natural beauty to break through. Black volcanic fields, deep green cacti, whitewashed cottages: it’s a landscape to gladden the cool designer’s eye. This may be the beginning of the rainy season but don't let that put you off! The island experiences less than 20 days of rain in an entire year. Stick to the south for warm sunny days on the beach. Don't miss the intriguing sculptures of feted local artist César Manrique, on display around the island. And raise a glass to the excellent local wine produced here, too.    

Try this: Lanzarote Retreats offers eco-friendly accommodation at its complex of yurts at Finca de Arrieta. Prices from €110 per yurt per night. Return flights are available from a number of airports UK-wide with a variety of airlines, including Ryanair and Easyjet, from around £70.

Away from the fleshpots of Bangkok, Thai life is still rooted in the calm backwater atmosphere of the farming village and fishing community. Among its sights are some of the most stupendous Buddhist shrines - the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho is an awesome 15 metres high and 43 metres in length. Thailand's rainy season has passed, but keep to the west coast this month for the best weather. 

Kuoni ( is offering seven nights on Phuket from £1,199 per person, based on two sharing, a saving of up to £713 per couple, including return flights from Heathrow with Thai Airways and B&B at Angsana Laguna. Quote FE351.

Get away with friends and family to a self-catering cottage this Christmas or New Year. Prices rise for this sought-after slot in the annual calendar, but the rewards of neutral space - everyone chipping in with the cooking and clearing up - has got to be a serious bonus. Most cottage companies will do the job of decorating the property festively, too.

Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire ( has properties sleeping two to 12 in its collection. Family-sized Ty Isaf, for example, a stone house in the village of Mathry with countryside views and a local pub in walking distance. It sleeps six in three bedrooms, has a large sitting room, kitchen-diner with farmhouse table for the big dinner on the day, and is kept cosy courtesy of a woodburner (and full central heating). Price £745 for seven nights from 21 December. For New Year, try Lavender Cottage in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset, through Blue Chip Holidays ( A Christmas tree, mulled wine and mince pies will be laid on at this three-bedroom cottage sleeping six. And with two living rooms, there’s plenty of space to make use of its flatscreen 3D TV, PlayStation 3 and Wii without any arguments. Available for a week from 28 December for £972. 

Leave your cynical side at home and fill up on Christmas cheer on a heart-warming pilgrimage to the icy north. A fun family trip to Lapland is a must-do on life’s bucket list. Go husky riding through the snow, pet reindeer, and meet Father Christmas and his army of elves as they prepare for the big day. 

Activities Abroad ( is offering a four-night trip, titled Ranua - Polar Bears and Father Christmas, from £1,495 per adult and £1,295 for children aged 5 to 12 years, including return flights from Heathrow to Rovaniemi via Helsinki, transfers, full-board accommodation, all activities - including a husky safari, meeting Father Christmas and his reindeer, and breakfast with a polar bear - cold-weather clothing and guides.

Get there before the footie fans - everyone is talking about this South American city with the FIFA World Cup just around the corner. And December is a great time to go with eight hours of sunshine a day and highs of 30C. Scale the heights of Sugar Loaf mountain, take a helicopter ride around the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, sashay along the streets with the girls in Ipanema, even take a guided tour of the favelas. The landscape, the people - you’ll never forget your visit to this Brazilian city.

Real World Holidays ( offer a 12-night Samba Special with five nights in Rio and a week on the beach in Buzios for £1,995 per person, based on two sharing, between 15 November and 7 December, rising to £2,250 until 15 December. The deal includes return flights from Heathrow, transfers and transport, B&B, tours, guides and entrance fees. 

ki slopes across Europe open for business in December.  But if you’re heading to the mountains early in the month, the snow-sure resorts to consider include Val d’Isère (pictured), Tignes, Val Thorens in France, Cervinia in Italy, Saas-Fee and Andermatt in Switzerland, Obergurgl, Ischgl, Lech, Zürs, Sölden and Hintertux in Austria.

Inghams ( is offering seven nights at Chalet Les Dolomites in Val d’Isère from £499 per person, based on two sharing, a saving of £100 per person, including return flights from Gatwick to Geneva, transfers, and catered accommodation. Departs 7 December.

Nowhere does a Christmas market quite like Germany. And Munich’s main one (there are 20 in the city in total) is a splendid example. Wooden huts cluster on the Marienplatz, in the shadow of the ornate town hall, a tradition dating back to the 14th Century. Shoppers sip mulled wine as they browse the displays of traditional Bavarian gifts such as wooden figurines and glassware, gingerbread and candy to the strains of the musicians playing festive tunes on the balcony of the ornate town hall that provides a magnificent backdrop. Check out the Kripperlmarkt, too, one of the largest in Germany specialising in accessories for nativity cribs.

Fred.\ ( offers two nights in Munich from £269 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights from Gatwick, transfers and B&B at the Creatif Hotel Elephant.


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