Storms to hit Britain on Christmas Day

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Weather experts have predicted 'Storm Emily' could hit Britain on Wednesday and Thursday with gusts up to 100mph.

Unfortunately, the next storm after that could be set for Christmas Day, meaning it could be a rather wet and windy Christmas rather than a white one.

Leon Brown, meteorologist at The Weather Channel, told Aol Travel: "The next stormy period looks like Christmas Eve to Christmas Day with a very deep low pressure system moving further south.

"Worst case will be severe gales across the southern half of the UK on Christmas Day and storm force winds around coasts in the south west and Channel."

In the lead-up to Christmas, unsettled weather is predicted: "There will lull in the winds for Tuesday with a ridge of high pressure over the UK, and the best day of the week for much of the UK, although some rain may linger over the far south east in Kent and East Sussex.

"Winds then increase again for Wednesday, with strong to gale-force southerly winds by evening across Wales and western England. However, the storm to watch, which we are naming Emily, will swing past Northern Ireland to north west Scotland late on Wednesday night to early Thursday. The central pressure will deepen rapidly to below 940mb for a time.

"With colder and drier north west winds wrapping around the western to southern flank of the low pressure system, we may see some ferocious winds. The areas at most risk are the the far north of Ireland and western Scotland, in the early hours of Thursday. Peak mean speeds may reach 60 to 70mph over the Hebrides with gusts 90 to 100mph.

"Showers will also turn to snow with blizzard conditions over the western Highlands and higher ground in Northern Ireland. High winds will very gradually ease during Thursday over the northern half of the UK.

"More high winds will sweep east during Friday evening to Saturday, with gales around most coasts and severe gales again for the north west early on Saturday."

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