Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Calm before the storm - Helene brings warm weather to London

Calm before the storm - Helene brings warm weather to London

England and Wales become drier and brighter with sunny spells, especially in central and eastern areas, before more cloud and patchy rain move into the South and West of Wales and Cornwall later in the afternoon.

We are only just getting rid of the remnants of tropical storm Helene, which brought gusty winds but also an unusually warm start to the week.

Storm Helene, which was downgraded after initial warnings that it may pose a risk to life, is moving away towards the north east.

Helene is forecast to lose its intensity when it reaches the United Kingdom, but will still pack a punch with ferocious gales up to 80mph and heavy downpours in places.

The Met Office yellow warning asks people living in affected areas to be aware of the dangers the weather could bring.

In its yellow weather warning, the Met Office said adverse weather conditions could cause public transport disruption, road closures, injuries from large waves and power cuts.

"South to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/hr with gusts of 90 to 110 km/hr, strongest on southern, western and northern coastal areas".

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The Met Office warned heavy winds affecting parts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland early in the day.

As stated on their website, a wind warning has been issued for the whole country and it's in place from Wednesday 19 September 05:00 to Wednesday 19 September 17:00.

"The colour might change as we get closer to the time".

"Wednesday now looks like being a wet day with heavy rain and strong south-west winds".

A smaller hurricane dubbed Isaac is reportedly heading for the Caribbean, while Hurricane Helene - now also in the Atlantic - is forecast to track towards the UK.

Meteorologist Dean Hall said parts of the United Kingdom felt gusts of about 30-40mph on Tuesday morning, with wind speeds reaching 50mph in parts of Wales.

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