HELENE MAY BE ON WAY TO WALES
FORECASTERS are watching storm Helene closely as it heads towards the UK. A severe weather alert issued by the Met Office on Friday warns that Wales is likely to bear the brunt if it takes the path they are predicting.
And a spokesman said that the level-one yellow alert may be upgraded, depending on the path and severity of the storm.
Grahame Madge said: “The UK’s weather will come under the influence of ex-hurricane Helene, although there are other systems in the Atlantic which may modify this particular one.
“There is a warning out from Monday night, with Helene expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain mainly across western Britain through Tuesday morning.
“We expect to see winds of 80mph in the worst-affected regions, however across eastern Britain it may just be blustery and otherwise warm, with some fine weather.
“At the moment we are on a yellow warning but we will continue to monitor the situation and things may change due to the uncertainty of how this will pan out.”
In a bizarre twist, the tropical nature of the storms could see temperatures as high as 30°C next week.
Helene began off Cape Verde but has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it makes its way east.
Channel 4 weather forecaster Liam Dutton says: “Storm Helene has the potential to bring unseasonably strong and damaging winds to west- ern parts of the UK next Mon/Tue. Still uncertainty on exact path and strength, but the Met Office has issued a yellow warning.
“For some, it could bring a burst of warmth, rather than strong winds.”
The yellow warning, in force between 6pm on Monday and midday on Tuesday, says “very strong winds” could pose the risk of “injuries and danger to life” because of flying debris.
Large waves lashing coastal regions also have the potential to harm by propelling “beach material” onto seafronts, the warning said.