The picture from the NASA MODIS satellites Aqua and Terra show the huge, swirling clouds approaching the British Isles.
As yet unnamed by the UK Met Office, it is also not known when this particular storm is due to hit the UK.
But forecasts for August suggest there could be several more storm systems on the way – effectively cancelling the British summer holidays.
The Met Office’s 30-day outlook warned of a mixed bag ahead for the rest of the month and meteorological summer.
It warns the north will remain cool and wet through the month with the best chance of seeing any decent weather confined to the south.
The report states: “Friday and Saturday [will] see a continuation of sunshine and showers for many areas, with the showers heaviest and most frequent in the northwest with the risk of thunder.
“Thereafter it looks likely to remain fairly changeable across the UK, with spells of rain or showers mixed with some drier and brighter interludes.”
Met Office forecaster Emma Sharples blamed the autumnal conditions on an unusually strong jet stream over the UK.
She said: “We have a low-latitude and fairly powerful jet stream at the moment steering these lows in from the Atlantic.
“It is further south than we would usually expect at this time of year.”
Warmer waters across the North Atlantic are expected to lead to a more active hurricane season and greater risk of stormy weather in the UK – with more Atlantic tropical storms than usual predicted.
The hurricane season, which reaches its peak in September, is expected to bring 15 named storms, eight of which will be hurricanes, according to The Weather Company.
The Weather Company chief meteorologist Todd Crawford said: “Unusually warm tropical Atlantic waters and higher-than-normal early activity both suggest an active hurricane season lies ahead.”
The images comes the same day a 400ft-high water spout was spotted over the south coast today, whipped up like a huge tornado above the sea line.
Stunned onlookers in Weymouth, Dorset, spotted the natural phenomenon occur at 8am this morning, posting their amazing videos of the vortex online.
The ‘water tornado’ swept across Weymouth Bay for almost a minute before dying out.
Julie Robinson, 54, was serving guests breakfast at the Warwick Guest House on Weymouth Esplanade when she spotted the waterspout through the window.
She said: “We had some guests come down for breakfast and they were sat in the window seat. I was about to take their order when…