Last month's 'polar vortex' over US and the jet stream blamed for non-stop barrage of wind and rain
BRITAIN'S weather woes will continue this week with yet more rain, high seas and 70mph winds battering the country thanks to what has been described as a "storm factory" in the Atlantic Ocean.
After the wettest January on record and a weekend in which the Environment Agency continued to issue flood alerts, the Met Office warned that the outlook for the rest of February remains unsettled.
Andrew Barrett, a storm expert from the University of Reading, told The Guardian that the unprecedented wet spell has been caused by an unusual alignment of air masses.
"There's effectively a storm factory over the Atlantic," he said. "[It's] caused by cold polar air pressing up against warm, tropical air, causing weather systems to form. These have then been steered across Britain by a strong jet stream."
The latest batch of bad weather has been branded "stormageddon" by the Daily Star, which strikes a Biblical note, warning its readers to prepare for "the final deluge that will sink Britain".
Coastal towns in the South West have already been experiencing the effects of the latest wave of storms, and the Daily Mail reports that seals have been discovered in suburban gardens and town centres after being washed inland by the storms.