Ex-Hurricane Maria is heading towards the UK and will hit Merseyside by the weekend

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Ex Hurricane Maria is heading towards the UK and will hit Merseyside by the weekend.

Forecasters have warned that former hurricane Maria will arrive by Sunday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain.

UK waters are too cold to sustain a Hurricane and so there won’t be scenes like we saw in the carribean from Hurricane Maria.

In fact, winds accociated with what will be an area of low pressure by the time it arrives, will be normal for the time of year.

However, winds will still reach 60mph on Merseyside as the unsettled weather arrives and could even result in the naming of storm Brian.

READ MORE: Met Office warns Merseyside of flooding and 60mph winds as ex-hurricane Maria heads towards UK

 

Andy Page, Chief Operational Meteorologist, explains: “The remnants of tropical systems are likely to impact our weather towards the end of the weekend and into the beginning of next week.

“However, it is important to say that any weather impacts will be very different from those experienced in the Caribbean.

Andy adds: “The track of these systems and how they may interact with another area of low pressure in the Atlantic is uncertain – there may end up being one large area of low pressure or several separate systems”.

The threat of strong winds and heavy rain has meant that yellow weather warnings for heavy rain and strong winds have been issued.

Heavy rain are likely to reach Merseyside later on Saturday and may become prolonged by the early hours of Sunday, only clearing later on Sunday.

The Met office warn that there is a small chance of localised flooding, causing damage to some buildings and that some communities could become cut off by flooded roads.

Winds could gust around 60mph resulting in interruptions to power supplies and the possibility of fallen trees.

A forecaster at the Met Office said: “There is a small chance of fast flowing water or deep floodwater causing danger to life.

“In addition, strong winds may be an additional hazard at times with a slight chance of trees falling, power cuts and loss of other services to homes and businesses.

“Many places, particularly high ground will see 25-50 mm of rain, but where the rain becomes prolonged as much as 100 mm could fall over upland areas.

“The exact location of where the largest rainfall totals will occur is currently uncertain.

“Although it looks as if the more persistent rain should clear away southeastwards later on Sunday, further heavy persistent rain is possible in places on Monday; this appears more likely across the more southwestern parts of Britain.

“Strong winds are likely at times, with gusts of 50-60 mph possible in some exposed coastal areas”.

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