Hurricane Helene: Met Office issues YELLOW weather warnings as 70mph winds approach UK

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The Met Office has issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning for south west England, Wales, northern England and southern Scotland, as the UK braces itself for Hurricane Helene. 

A spell of heavy rain is also forecast for western and northern parts, with fierce winds of up to 70mph. 

Mark Wilson from the Met Office said: “We have a yellow be aware warning in force for south west England, Wales, northern England and southern Scotland. 

“Widely here we can see gusts of wind of up to 50 to 60 mph, locally in excess of 70mph, and that’s enough to cause some localised disruption.

Mr Wilson predicted that the storm would batter the UK tonight, saying: “All eyes are out towards the west as Storm Helene pushes in from the Atlantic. 

“It’s going to push us away eastwards across the UK through Monday evening and overnight, giving a spell of pretty heavy rain across the western and northern parts, but it’s the strength of the wind we’re keeping the closest eye on.”

Nevertheless it will remain a fairly quiet start to the week with just a few showers predicted in the northwest this morning, particularly western and northern Scotland, but mainly dry elsewhere. 

There will be more cloud further south with starting temperatures of around 16 or 17C and then clearing throughout the day, promising a mainly dry afternoon in central and eastern regions.

The weather expert said: “For much of England and Wales it will be a pretty warm day for the time of year, with highs of 24 or 25 degrees.”

Once Hurricane Helene has cleared the UK, weather will remain varied throughout the week with some strong winds, particularly across northern areas on Wednesday.

All parts of the UK should expect spells of rain, with the south east remaining mostly dry and bright. 

Hurricane Helene is currently in the mid-atlantic and is expected to creep its way towards the UK today.

As the storm travels across the Atlantic it will weaken however, and downgrade to an ex-tropical storm.

The Met Office tweeted: “Early next week #StormHelene is forecast to bring strong winds to parts of the UK. The most likely path will bring strong winds to the SW on Monday night, but there’s still some uncertainty.”

Outside the warning area, there will be blustery conditions with increasing amounts of cloud and rain.

The heaviest of the rain will likely be restricted to the west side of the UK, with some tropical air meaning the south east of the country could see temperatures soaring into the mid 20C over the weekend and into the start of next week. 

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