The Mail on Sunday - - News - John Ket­t­ley

By Fri­day as many as four named storms were churn­ing their way through the North At­lantic, but Florence was the ma­jor player af­fect­ing South East Amer­ica.

Although it never threat­ened to head our way, there are oth­ers in its wake which may do so and He­lene is the one to watch. Clearly the winds will be con­sid­er­ably re­duced, but the en­ergy within this trop­i­cal storm 2,000 miles from its breed­ing ground is still enough to threaten se­vere gales and heavy driv­ing rain for Ire­land and Scot­land by Tues­day.

So far this has been an un­ex­cep­tional month in the UK, tem­per­a­tures again slightly higher than the long-term av­er­age with the wet­ter weather in the West. By the week­end there had been less than 0.2in (5mm) of rain in some parts of the South East – but that may soon change!

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