Storm Ernesto on course for the United Kingdom and Ireland this weekend

Gwen Vasquez
August 17, 2018

However, uncertainty remains over the exact path and timings of the storm, which should mainly fizzle out by the time it reaches the UK.

Despite being the tail end of a tropical storm, Ernesto will still bring stormy conditions to the UK.

The subtropical storm has been making its way across the Atlantic and is set to reach Ireland on Saturday night.

According to the Met Office, Storm Ernesto will no longer be classified as a storm when it arrives in the United Kingdom, due to it losing some of its power as it heads across the body of water, but it will still impact on the United Kingdom with heavy rain and strong winds.

Maximum sustained wind speed is 60 miles per hour with gusts to 70 miles per hour. This disorganized area of showers and storms has a somewhat favorable environment to work with over the next couple of days as it moves west-northwest.

When will Ernesto hit the UK?

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Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

However, the south of England is not now set to be impacted by the storm. It will then weaken and become an ex-tropical storm by the weekend.

A southwards shift in the jet stream has allowed low pressure from the Atlantic Ocean to unleash cooler and wetter weather across the UK. Weather conditions "heading into midweek will obviously depend greatly on the eventual track, intensity and size of Lane", the forecasters wrote.

Tomorrow could see highs of between 20C and 25C in Leinster and Munster and 18C to 20C in the north and west.

Clouds and some rain is also forecast, with southern Scotland, Wales and northern England predicted to see light to heavy rain this evening.

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