Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tropical Storm Helene heading toward The United Kingdom

Tropical Storm Helene heading toward The United Kingdom

The Met Office warned on Friday the storm could bring hazardous conditions when it sweeps across the north of England and Wales and through the Republic of Ireland.

Met Eireann say that Sunday night will begin dry in most areas, but heavy rain will spread into the south and west and southerly winds will freshen.Monday will be a cloudy day with widespread rain.

As Storm Helene gets ready to batter the country, roads and public transport are expected to be impacted. "Some hazy sunshine and we could see temperatures lifting into the mid-20s".

Meanwhile, it's expected to be dry in most areas this afternoon and evening with some sunny spells, the best of these in the south and east.

"There are warnings in place especially for the western parts of the United Kingdom for the risk of disruption".

Coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves. It'll be western and northern regions which are likely to see the windiest weather, with gusts in excess of 70mph possible in exposed areas - plenty enough to cause some disruption.

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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind for Monday and Tuesday.

Storm Helene is now speeding northward towards the Azores Islands in the mid-Atlantic, and the Met Office expects it to bring very strong winds to western parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland on Monday evening. "Meanwhile, in some Irish Sea coastal areas, most likely in Wales and northwest England, gusts to 55-65 miles per hour are likely with possible isolated gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour in the most exposed places".

But with the winds already easing down here, it's all eyes down to our southwest as Storm Helene (ex-hurricane Helene) edges toward the British Isles.

Ms Lear said: "That south-westerly flow really dragging in some humidity so if you have not the cloud, the wind and the rain it really will feel quite warm with it".

"It looks like Helene will move towards Ireland on Tuesday morning".

At the moment, Helene is a tropical storm, just below the hurricane category 1, the lowest rank on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

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