Three brutal cyclonic systems are lined up to brutalise at the UK through the coming days sparking warnings to hunker down for a ferocious spell of weather.
Storm Adrian, currently tearing through the Continent, will take a swipe at the UK on Tuesday before a more powerful storm and an ex-hurricane join forces for a weekend assault.
Hurricane Oscar is on course to charge across the Atlantic and towards the UK at the same time a separate low-pressure system hits on Friday night.
If it arrives alone this low could give rise to the next named storm of the season, Deirdre, however it may link up with the Atlantic hurricane to form megastorm Oscar.
Britain’s weather will turn deeply volatile from around mid-week with swathes of the country facing gales and heavy rain, forecasters warn.
Much of the country will enjoy a cold but calm day tomorrow although south-eastern England will take a hammering from French-named Storm Adrian.
Met Office meteorologist Bonnie Diamond said: “Tuesday will be largely dry and settled although it is going to be another cold day.
“The only exception will be the southeast which will see the effects from Storm Adrian which has been named by the French meteorological service.
“There will be a risk of strong winds and heavy rain as this area of low pressure moves up from the Continent and clips south-eastern Britain.
“We are expecting organised bands of rain and some strong winds which could touch gale-force.”
Wider parts of the country will turn stormy from Wednesday meaning trick or treaters face a wet and windy Halloween.
Britain will be put through the wringer again on Thursday before storms sweep in from the Atlantic ahead of the weekend, Miss Diamond added.
Depending on the track and intensity of one low-pressure system, Britain could be in the firing line for the fourth named storm of the season – Deirdre, she warned.
She said: “There is an area of low pressure coming in off the Atlantic later on Friday bringing some very strong winds and heavy rain widely across the country.
“There is some uncertainty at the moment as to whether this will be affected by the remains of Hurricane Oscar which is currently in the Atlantic.
“If the remnants are picked up by this low then the resulting storm will keep the name Oscar, if not, and the separate low affects the UK independently it will take up the name Deirdre.
“There is a lot of uncertainty around what will happen at the moment, as it depends on the track of these systems.
“However what we can say at the moment is that we are looking at a very unsettled spell of weather from the end of the week and through the weekend
“The emphasis will be on the winds and we could see gales or severe gales in the worst affected regions, we will know more a bit later in the week.
“For many people across England and Wales Friday will be a decent day, the unsettled weather will start to affect the country later in the day and into the weekend.”
UK weather models show Storm Adrian sweeping up the east coast of the UK tomorrow afternoon whipping up gales along south-eastern coasts.
The storm has put parts of France including the island of Corsica on red alert for damaging gales, rain and flooding.
Alerts remain in place until tomorrow morning when the storm moves northwards into the English Channel and towards the UK.
Charts reveal the next battering will be on Friday night when a more brutal region of low pressure sweeps in from the Atlantic.
The colossal storm threatens to whip up near-75mph winds around its centre putting swathes of the UK on alert for severe gales and torrential downpours.
The churning vortex, potentially driven by the remains of Hurricane Oscar, will continue to hammer the country through Saturday and Sunday.
The mammoth storm is currently hurtling north-eastwards across the Atlantic with windspeed of around 85 mph.
Latest forecast charts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predict it will make a direct hit with the UK this weekend.
A NOAA spokesman said: “Oscar has slowed its forward motion significantly and has made a turn toward the west-northwest.
“A turns toward the north and then toward the north-northeast are forecast on Tuesday as Oscar moves north of the ridge axis ahead of an eastward-moving deep-layer trough currently approaching Bermuda.
“The trough is expected to continue advancing eastward over the next couple of days, accelerating Oscar toward the northeast on Wednesday through Friday.
“None of the model guidance shows the hurricane being captured and instead keeps the cyclone as a separate entity that accelerates northeastward into the mid-latitude westerlies as a strong extratropical cyclone.”