Hurricane Helene could bring stormy weather to the UK next week

September 13, 2018
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A hurricane previously on course to the United States could now be making its way to the UK.

Hurricane Helene is currently in the Atlantic Ocean, following the trail of Florence, which is about to make landfall on the east coast of America.

Florence weakened slightly to a Category 3 storm on a five-step scale but many Americans were still forced to evacuate.

Now it looks as though Hurricane Helene is set to make a U-turn at the end of the week, swirling towards the UK.

Helene is currently a Category 2 hurricane and is expected to strengthen into a Category 3 before losing energy across cooler Atlantic waters.

Heavy rain along with strong and gusty winds are expected to arrive in the UK early next week.

A spokesperson for The Weather Channel said: “Confidence in the forecast across Europe next week remains low due to increased tropical Atlantic activity.

Increased activity in the storm-hit Atlantic will bring disruption to the UK’s weather in the coming weeks
(Image: The Weather Company)

“But the latest operational models, although differing in their positioning and timing, forecast a deep and pronounced area of low pressure affecting the British Isles through the first half of next week.

“This is associated with the remnants of Hurricane Helene interacting with the strong Atlantic jet stream bringing very windy and stormy conditions with travel disruption possible.”

The potential track of Hurricane Helene shows it arriving close to Britain early next week
(Image: The Weather Company)

The Met Office and Met Éireann (the meteorological service in the Irish Republic) recently revealed their list of storm names for the coming season.

Among names included this year are Idris, Peggy and Dierdre.

This season’s names have been compiled from a list of suggestions submitted by the public, choosing some of the most popular names but also selecting names that reflect the nations, culture and diversity of Britain and Ireland.

According to the list, the UK’s next storm will be named Ali.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/hurricane-helene-storm-uk-weather-15147479


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