Storm Helene to trigger MINI-HEATWAVE amid threatening gales — BBC Weather forecast

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When a tropical storm, hurricane or sub-tropical storm that forms in the Atlantic is named by the National Hurricane Center, the Met Office does not change the name, referring to the storm as "ex-Tropical Storm Helene", for example.

The tropical storm, which is now in the mid-Atlantic, is expected to track towards the United Kingdom over the next few days bringing a spell of windy weather on Monday and Tuesday. It warns that damage to trees is also possible.

And while we are not expecting those in the immediate future, ex Tropical Storm Helene will be giving us a potential lash of its tail and Donegal could very well get some of that. The strongest winds then transfer northwards to be over northern England and, perhaps, the far south of Scotland, during the early hours of Tuesday.

They add that suitable warnings will be issued if necessary.

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Consequently Monday night will be very disturbed with widespread heavy rain and gales. Winds predominantly from the southwest will often be strong.

Tuesday is expected to remain windy although showers are expected on southern and western coasts. "Some hazy sunshine and we could see temperatures lifting into the mid-20s". "Temperatures overnight will be 12 or 13 degrees at the lowest". Light to moderate west to southwest. As has been so common of late, the southeast corner will keep out of trouble, and keep the warmest temperatures with highs heading up toward the mid-twenties.

She continued: "Monday looks mostly fine and dry for central and eastern areas - bit misty and grey and damp first thing but an improving picture".

According to the national forecaster, much of tonight will be dry with clear spells.

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