Storm Ernesto is heading our way with torrential rain this weekend

The storm is due to hit the United Kingdom this weekend and will nearly certainly bring heavy wind and showers.

Subtropical Storm Ernesto looks set to bring wet and windy weather to parts of the United Kingdom this weekend, as it makes its way over the Atlantic.

- As the season's fifth storm spins away from land in the Atlantic, forecasters are watching a new area for possible tropical development further south.

The storm was moving west at 15 miles per hour.

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It was packing winds of around 75 kmph as it moved towards Europe off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, yesterday, according to the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Florida.

When will Ernesto hit the UK?

Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 15 miles from the center with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 60 miles from the center. It will then weaken and become an ex-tropical storm by the weekend.

However, the south of England is not now set to be impacted by the storm.

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Ernesto will soon be moving into much cooler waters and an area of stronger wind shear.

The NOAA defines an extratropical cyclone as: "A storm system that primarily gets its energy from the horizontal temperature contrasts that exist in the atmosphere".

Next week, however, hot weather is forecast to return throughout the United Kingdom, sending temperatures rising above average into the high 20 and 30Cs.

Today will be a cooler day for much of the United Kingdom, with temperatures reaching 20C in the south and highs of 16 for the north and Scotland.

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"That rain will eventually move straight into Northern Ireland, pushing into Scotland, north-west England and north-west Wales".

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