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Rain returns as forecasters monitor possible impacts of Hurricane Joaquin on UK

Map showing possible trajectory of Hurricane Joaquin as it cross the Atlantic this week. Image: US National Hurricane Center
Map showing possible trajectory of Hurricane Joaquin as it cross the Atlantic this week. Image: US National Hurricane Center

Met Office forecasters are monitoring Hurricane Joaquin as the remnants of which head across the Atlantic towards the UK as wet and windy weather returns and temperatures plunge this week.

Dean Hall, from the Met Office said: “All changes this week with low pressure weather, showers, thunder and breezy in parts.

“Certainly a contrast to what we have been used to in the last few weeks.

The wet weather will clear later Wednesday leaving some fine, dry conditions for Thursday although there is the risk of mist, fog and perhaps a bit of frost.

Hurricane Joaquin, now a Category 1 storm, is currently moving northeastwards away from Bermuda and will continue to weaken as it transitions into a mid-latitude depression and travels across the Atlantic.

Towards the weekend, this low pressure centre will approach the west of the UK but there is some uncertainty as to what impacts, if any, this system will have on the UK as it is still some way off.

A ridge of high pressure will bring fine conditions for many on Thursday and Friday and as high pressure builds from Scandinavia over the weekend this looks like holding back any weather systems approaching from the Atlantic. In fact many places will see fine weather and this means that any impacts from ex-Hurricane Joaquin are likely to be limited to the far west of the UK.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist Laura Paterson said “the forecast is for ex-Hurricane Joaquin to stay away from mainland UK. There is some uncertainty, but the depression is likely to either come to a halt to the southwest of Ireland and weaken, or track to the south of the country and into the Continent.

British adventurer Sarah Outen was forced to abandon her attempt to row the Atlantic solo at the weekend after warnings of being hit by potentially life threatening weather conditions caused by the approaching hurricane.

Hurricane Joaquin has hit America, Barbados and Bermuda, destroying homes and residences.

Rescuers are looking for a US cargo ship with 33 people on-board which went missing during the storm.


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