Storm Ernesto is heading our way with torrential rain this weekend

Mindy Sparks
August 17, 2018

It was packing winds of around 75 kmph as it moved towards Europe off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, yesterday, according to the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Florida.

Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said in the Met Office's 10-day forecast the return of a full-out heatwave will depend on whether the United Kingdom remains to the south of an upcoming jet stream ridge bringing warm weather from the Atlantic.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and western England, including Lancashire are all expected to feel the effects of the severe weather.

'Ex-Ernesto will then merge with an Atlantic low pressure system.

The remnants of the tropical storm are expected to be officially classified as a "post-tropical cyclone" by the time they reach the United Kingdom, after coming across the Atlantic at high speed, the Met Office said on Friday.

As the storm shifts into cooler waters, it is expected to transition into a post-tropical system within the next 24 hours.

"It will then will be picked up by mid-latitude westerlies and arrive over the United Kingdom late on Saturday".

Blackpool is set to see rain from early Friday afternoon to late evening, which will then give way to cloud on Saturday.

Temperatures are predicted to reach the mid-20s, with possible highs of 25C.

Bonnie Diamond, forecaster for the Met Office, said: "Towards next weekend it is likely to become generally drier, brighter and more settled, especially for southern parts of the United Kingdom where it could become warm or very warm again".

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