Tropical Storm Lane expected to become hurricane by Friday

Subtropical storm Ernesto engulfed by wildfire smoke on August 16

Subtropical storm Ernesto engulfed by wildfire smoke on August 16

Ernesto is expected to strengthen, possibly into a hurricane, over the next few days before breaking up near Ireland and Britain on Saturday, according to forecasters.

Tropical Storm Lane is expected to reach hurricane strength by Friday as it tracks its way toward the Hawaiian Islands.

The remnants of another sub-tropical storm will provoke some heavy weekend rainfall for the UK.

At present the storm is churning through the Atlantic about 605 miles (975 km) south-east of Cape Race Newfoundland, where it poses no threat to land, according to the US-based National Hurricane Centre. The clouds increasing though from the west with some rain.

"Subtropical Storm Ernesto has formed out in the Atlantic, it is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone Thursday night or early Friday".

"It will be slightly stronger winds and a band of rain to Northern Ireland, Wales, North West and South West England".

Bad weather is set to arrive in the country in the early hours of Sunday morning, but will only hit certain areas.

Though there's to be sunshine over parts of Munster and Leinster during Saturday day time, Met Éireann has said that heavy rain "will develop later in the day along the Atlantic Seaboard and will become widespread early Saturday night".

We can expect heavy downpours and lots of humidity. The system should merge with a frontal zone this weekend and bring some wind and rain to the UK.

"Temperatures will feel noticeably fresher as a flow of cooler, north-westerly air is introduced".

Looking ahead to next week, however, warmer weather is expected to return throughout the United Kingdom, sending temperatures rising above average into the high 20 and 30Cs.

Saturday afternoon should be grand because it's set to be "rather cloudy and misty generally, with some patches of drizzle scattered about, these mainly over Ulster and parts of north Connacht".

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