- Britain is set for wet and windy weather tonight as remains of sub-tropical Storm Ernesto breezes through
- Forecasters said rainfall totals in some areas of the UK could get as high as two inches (50mm)
- It'll be a humid and muggy evening with temperatures of around 63F (17C) making it uncomfortable to sleep
Britain is set for wet and windy weather tonight as remains of a sub-tropical storm breezes through resulting in downpours of rain across the UK.
Storm Ernesto, named by the US National Hurricane Center, is set to cross the UK tonight, by which time it will have weakened into an ordinary low pressure system.
Nonetheless, forecasters said rainfall totals in some areas of the North West, North Wales and Scotland could get as high as two inches (50mm), while wind gust speeds might rise to 60mph in parts of the Scottish Highlands.
Today could be 'quite warm' with sunny spells but breezy in central, southern and eastern England with highs of 81F (27C), while further north and west it is likely to be mainly cloudy before the remains of the storm arrive.
It will be a humid, muggy and wet evening with temperatures of around 63F (17C) making it uncomfortable to sleep, the Met Office said.
Rachael West from the Met Office said: 'The heaviest rain is due to hit Northern Ireland, Scotland, North West England and North Wales. Within that area, there could be 30 (1.2in) to 50mm (2in) of rain.
'In that area, the winds could reach a maximum strength of 40 to 45mph. Further south, it is likely to be cloudy and there could be strong winds of up to 35mph.
But because the system originates in sub-tropical air, it is likely to be muggy and humid in the South, with temperatures peaking at 26C (79F) to 28C (82F).
'Further north, especially where there is rain, temperatures are likely to only be in the high teens or low 20Cs (low 70Fs).'
Tomorrow will see a cloudy start to the day but Storm Ernesto would have largely passed by then although some drizzles of rain will still be had over the south west and north east.
By the afternoon it will be largely dry with highs of 72F (22C) in the north and 77F (25C) in the south, forecasters expect.
The Environment Agency said: 'Land and roads may flood on Sunday and there could be disruption to travel, especially in the North-West and Northumberland.'
Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: 'Ernesto will make landfall into Sunday, with up to 50-60mm of rain in six to nine hours in the North-West and wind gusts there of 40mph gale-force or a bit higher, and 35mph inland even in southern England.
'Ernesto's warm and humid air stays here for the first half of the week, with 26-28C from Monday to Wednesday in the South, with mainly dry weather for most.
'A cold front brings rain on Thursday, but the Bank Holiday weekend looks relatively warm at 23C and a degree or two warmer not ruled out.
'The South will be mainly dry, and the North still seeing good sunny spells, but less settled.'
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: 'The official end of summer may be near - but the warmth just keeps on coming.'
The rain is helping parched grass to recover after nearly two months of scorching weather in June and July. The colour of the UK last month had even changed when viewed from space - from green to brown and yellow.
Next week, it is likely to remain unsettled in the North and West on Monday and Tuesday, and drier and brighter further south. The Met Office said temperatures should remain 'around normal' for the time of year.
Summer of 2018 is certain to be one of Britain's warmest on record, say forecasters
The summer of 2018 is certain to be one of the warmest on record for Britain, forecasters said today.
After the third-warmest June and second-warmest July in official national records dating back to 1910, this year is currently vying with the current record holder – 2006 - as the warmest summer for mean temperature.
The mean temperature for 2018 is currently at 60.1F (16.1C) – which is exactly the same at this point in August of the record-holding summer of 2006. The final figure for 2006 was 60.4F (15.8C), according to the Met Office.
Even if temperatures are around or below average this month, 2018 should finish in the top five. As of Wednesday, the mean UK temperature for this month is at 61.3F (16.3C) - compared to an August long-term average of 58.9F (14.9C).
Dr Mark McCarthy from the Met Office said this afternoon: 'Looking at maximum temperatures might seem to chime more with our perceptions - as our memories tend to focus on those hot days when the temperatures really peaked, rather than the mild nights.
'However, by including night and daytime temperatures, the mean temperature measure gives a fuller picture of what the UK climate is doing.
'On this measure it's clear that the meteorological summer of 2018 is exceptional, simply for the consistent levels of warmth seen throughout the period so far.'