UK to suffer Caribbean tropical storm, set to unleash thunder and lightning

Gale-force winds are set to pound the UK over the next few days as June continues to prove to be a disappointment on the weather front.

Ex-tropical Storm Alex is heading our way from Bermuda and while it will lose much of its anger as it sweeps across the Atlantic, Britain will still bear the brunt of the tailwind that will bring strong blasts and rain to these shores from tonight (June 9).

It will eventually transition from a tropical storm to a deep low-pressure system, which is unusual for this time of the year, as they are normally prevalent in the autumn months.

There will be gusts of around 45mph that will batter exposed coasts, with winds expected to exceed 55mph in rural northern spots.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “Alex transitions into a mid-latitude low as it pushes into the Atlantic and is carried by the jet stream for its arrival later Thursday and Friday.

“In June, this is quite notable for its depth, and the most likely outcome is that it will bring an unseasonably windy period later Thursday and Friday.

“The strongest winds arrive after dark on Thursday evening and on Friday as the front moves through the winds pick up further.”

As the storm heads into Europe, we will se a blustery day on Saturday (June 11), although temperatures may push into the low 20s.

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Storm Alex may be followed by several hurricanes in the West and although these don’t normally reach Britain, they could still stir up some very unsettled weather across these parts.

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, told the Daily Express: “This could be the first of a few ex-tropical storms to affect the UK weather over the next few months.

“Sometimes these can stir up periods of very unsettled weather, while other times, if they sweep further northwards, they can encourage warm air up from the south.

“We could see a few more of these weather systems rebounding from the United States and heading towards Britain.”

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