Hurricane Leslie is heading towards the UK and is bringing gale force winds topping 75mph with it next week
- Britain is bracing to be battered by a hurricane bringing gale force winds of 75mph and lashings of rain
- Storm Leslie, which is swirling menacingly in middle of the Atlantic, was today upgraded to a hurricane
- The storm is projected to strike the US tomorrow before changing course and heading for Europe on Sunday
Britain is bracing to be battered by a hurricane bringing gale force winds of 75mph and lashings of rain next week.
Tropical Storm Leslie, which is swirling menacingly in the middle of the Atlantic, was today upgraded to a hurricane as it hit warmer waters and gained speed.
The storm is projected to strike the US tomorrow before changing course and heading for Europe on Sunday.
Forecasters say it is too early to tell what impact this will have on the UK but say the country should brace for rain and wind.
But before then, much of England is expected to enjoy a mild week that could see temperatures gradually climb to 68F (20C) by Thursday and 70F (21C) by Friday.
Britain is bracing to be battered by a hurricane. This graphic shows the projected path of storm Leslie towards Europe
Tropical Storm Leslie, which is swirling menacingly in middle of the Atlantic (pictured in a graphic), was today upgraded to a hurricane as hit warmer waters and gained speed
The storm is projected to strike the US tomorrow before changing course and heading for Europe on Sunday
This satellite posted by the Met Office shows Storm Leslie above the Atlantic Ocean late last week as it swirls around the area
Leslie is expected to strength as it meanders over the north-central Atlantic Ocean for the next few days, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
Speaking of Storm Leslie on Tuesday, Met Office chief forecaster Andy Page said: ‘Tropical Storm Leslie is currently in the central North Atlantic and is expected to remain there over the next few days.
‘Leslie will likely strengthen to a hurricane as it moves over warmer waters on Tuesday and Wednesday, with large swells affecting Bermuda and east coast of US and Caribbean.
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‘It is likely to gradually weaken after this and to move eastwards across the north Atlantic. Some models suggest Leslie will track south of the UK while others suggest it may move close to the UK by the end of next week.
‘It is too early to tell the exact impact on the UK but it will most likely bring a spell of strong winds and rain – the type of weather associated with low-pressure systems at this time of year.’
It comes after the Met Office said on Monday that the UK’s record-breaking hot summer was followed by more typical weather in September, with provisional figures putting last month’s mean UK temperature at 12.4C (54.3F).
Fallow deer at Phoenix Park in Dublin on Tuesday during rutting season as temperatures reached 63F (17C) in the Irish capital
This was far below the all-time September record of 15.2C (59.4F), set in 2006. The average maximum temperature last month is estimated to have been 16.3C (61.3F). This was also well below the 2006 record of 19.2C (66.6F).
Despite September seeing the first two named storms of the 2018/19 season, Ali and Bronagh, temperatures for the month were described by the Met Office as ‘near normal’ and conditions as ‘fairly average’.
Storm Ali was said to have brought gusts of up to 102mph to Scotland. The Met Office has provisionally declared the summer of 2018 (June, July and August) to be the joint warmest on record, along with 2006, 2003 and 1976.
Fallow deer lock antlers in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Tuesday during rutting season at the start of October
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