Tropical Storm Lane expected to become hurricane by Friday

Olive Hawkins
August 17, 2018

The storm is in the mid-Atlantic at present but is expected to hit westerly parts of Britain on Saturday night.

Moderate to heavy rainfall will move into western Ireland on Saturday afternoon, and spread into Scotland, Wales and northern England on Sunday morning.

According to the Met Office, Storm Ernesto will no longer be classified as a storm when it arrives in the United Kingdom, as it is expected to have lost some of its power by the time it reaches the country, but it will still bring with it heavy rain and strong winds.

Up to a centimetre of rain could fall in Ireland and central and southern Scotland overnight.

Storm Ernesto is now making its way over the Atlantic and is set to bring wet and windy weather conditions to Lancashire this weekend.

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A southwards shift in the jet stream has allowed low pressure from the Atlantic Ocean to unleash cooler and wetter weather across the UK.

Lane, which is expected to continue heading west for the next day or so before making a turn toward the west-northwest, is forecast to become a hurricane by Friday and a major hurricane (a category 3 or higher) over the weekend.

"Through Friday, increasing amounts of cloud and some rain moving its way in".

Next week, however, hot weather is forecast to return throughout the United Kingdom, sending temperatures rising above average into the high 20 and 30Cs. It is also set to be warm and humid throughout the region on Monday.

There will be heavy rain and wind throughout most of the day on Sunday, with a peak temperature of around 19C.

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