Britain is going to be hit by the tail-end of three tropical storms currently ravaging the Atlantic – but they won’t hit us anywhere near as hard.
Hurricane Irma is ploughing through Florida today after completely devastating the Caribbean, leaving at least 29 people dead.
Met Office forecasters have confirmed that the UK will be hit with the ‘remnants’ of the hurricanes in the next two months – but have said they will be far, far smaller.
More immediately, however, the country will be blown about by 70mph winds this week, as yellow weather warnings are put in place for Wales, the North and the Midlands.
And heavy rainfall in Mossley, Greater Manchester, has left the streets completely flooded with cars and pedestrians struggling to get through.
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Oli Claydon from the Met Office told Metro.co.uk: ‘Although we obviously have got a number of hurricanes in the Atlantic area at the moment, they will be weakening significantly. Hurricane Irma, for example, started off as a category 5 hurricane but is already now category 1.
‘It will continue to lose energy, and by the time it gets to us, it will be so far changed from what we are seeing in the US and Caribbean that it will be totally different.
‘We do often get remnants of hurricanes, but they just pass through as normal weather systems.’
Although we’re not going to be hit by a hurricane of epic proportions, we are going to have a generally unpleasant week.
Yellow weather warnings are in place in South Wales today, and in North Wales and the Midlands on Tuesday and Wednesday, warning of windy and wet conditions.
‘There will be strong winds causing generally blustery weather, with winds of around 45mph to 50mph – or even up to 60mph – in Wales today,’ Claydon said.
‘At eight o’clock on Tuesday evening through to 10 o’clock on Wednesday morning, there will be a spot of low pressure pushing eastwards in North Wales and norhtern England, causing gusts of 55mph to 60mph.’
And other parts of the country won’t escape from the wet and windy weather.
‘Winds will be blustery day-to-day, generally easing further west,’ Claydon said. ‘There will be blustery showers today, but it will become a little bit calmer by tomorrow.
‘Tuedsay will see a much dryer and brighter start for many in the east, although there will be a few scattered showers.’
‘But on Tuesday afternoon, thick clouds will start to build up and will bring rainfall to much of the UK. By the evening through to Wednesday, it will be a pretty wet and windy night.
‘As we wake up on Wednesday morning there will be some brightness, with chances of rain and showers.’