Weather warning as Storm Helene blows in

Hugh Fox
September 17, 2018

Storm Helene is forecast to impact the United Kingdom with powerful gusts reaching 70mph and heavy rain from around 6pm this evening.

"Areas of low pressure containing what's left of Storm Helene will still provide moisture and energy which will impact the United Kingdom quite a bit as we go into the early part of next week".

There remains large uncertainty in the exact route Storm Helene will take, however, a spell of very strong winds is expected, initially for parts of south-west England and west Wales, then later south-west Scotland and the southeast of Northern Ireland.

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Temperatures could be very warm in the south east next week due to a blast of tropical air being brought up in association with the storm.

Some parts could see highs of 79F (26C), which is 7C (13F) to 8C (15F) above average for the time of year, the Met Office said.

A Met Office warning of strong winds has been lifted across much of southern Scotland.

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Meteorologist at the Met Office Emma Smith said: "Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us".

"Winds are likely to gust into the 40s or low 50s (miles per hour) quite widely across the warning area".

Helene was classed as a hurricane, but has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. Meanwhile, in some Irish Sea coastal areas, most likely in Wales and North West England, gusts to 55 to 65mph are likely with possible isolated gusts in excess of 70mph in the most exposed places.

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Rain clearing for some parts of country this afternoon but further heavy rain along western coastal counties.

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