Weather forecasters have revealed Britain will be battered as the former tropical storm Edouard, which once packed winds of 46mph (40kts,) draws closer to the region. The system is expected to arrive on Thursday afternoon and lead to serious weather across parts of the UK.
Tropical Storm Edouard formed in the Atlantic on Sunday night with sustained winds of 40mph.
The centre of the storm was located around 500 miles south of Newfoundland and was forecasted to track towards the UK and Ireland.
The storm peaked yesterday, packing winds of 46mph, with a central pressure of almost 1000mbar.
Edouard gradually transitioned into an extratropical cyclone and on Wednesday is currently tacking across the North Atlantic.
Through the majority of the next fortnight, the weather will be mostly dry and settled for many areas, especially in the south of the UK.
There will likely be more unsettled conditions with spells of rain and strong winds may affect the north and northwest at times and these unsettled conditions could spread to other parts of the UK later in this period.
But on the whole widespread unsettled conditions are unlikely.
Temperatures are likely to be mostly around normal, although it may become warm for a time in the south and perhaps very warm in the southeast.
Towards the end of the period, conditions may start to trend towards more generally settled weather for most areas, but with the possibility of the occasional bout of wetter weather.
On average, the first hurricane hits the Atlantic basin by August 10 and thus far all of the Atlantic storms have been relatively weak and short-lived.
But weather forecasters are tracking one disturbance in the Atlantic region.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s report, the disturbance is an elongated area of low pressure is located along the coast of northeastern South Carolina.
This system is producing a large area of disorganised showers and thunderstorms over the adjacent Atlantic waters.
The low is expected to move northeastward near or just offshore of the North Carolina Outer Banks on Thursday, and then turn north-northeastward and move along the mid-Atlantic coast on Friday.
Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development, and a tropical or subtropical cyclone is likely to form within the next couple of days.