Storm Ernesto set to hit Lancashire with heavy rain and wind

Tropical Storm Lane

Tropical Storm Lane By Sunday morning winds could be up to 120mph

The fifth named storm of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, Storm Ernesto is moving northwards across the North Atlantic Ocean.

Irish weather experts have issued a warning as the tail-end of Storm Ernesto is set to blow in across the country this weekend, bringing heavy downpours and humid temperatures.

The storm is in the mid-Atlantic at present but is expected to hit westerly parts of Britain on Saturday night.

"While little change in strength is forecast during the next 36 hours, Ernesto is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone by tonight and then become extratropical as it merges with a frontal zone on Saturday".

The low pressure will begin to barrell across north-west England and Scotland from around midnight on Saturday before drifting eastwards towards the North Sea.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and western England are all expected to feel the effects of the severe weather, which could potentially be upgraded to a hurricane.

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Lane appears headed for a close pass to the south of Hawaii Island, but it "is still too soon to know whether Lane will directly impact the islands", the National Weather Service in Honolulu wrote.

The heat will then return in the middle of next week, with temperatures creeping back into the mid-20s in the south and midlands.

"Through Friday, increasing amounts of cloud and some rain moving its way in".

"It will then will be picked up by mid-latitude westerlies and arrive over the United Kingdom late on Saturday". Weather conditions "heading into midweek will obviously depend greatly on the eventual track, intensity and size of Lane", the forecasters wrote.

The remnants of the storm will hit Connacht around 6pm on Saturday night and will reach the east coast by around midnight.

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