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Birmingham facing high winds as Hurricane Joaquin hits the UK

2015-10-05 21:26:30

Hurricane JoaquinSatellite image of Hurricane Joaquin in the Atlantic on October

Birmingham and the Black Country is braced for damaging high winds and torrential spells of rain as the remnants of Hurricane Joaquin batter the region.

Hurricane Joaquin has hit America, Barbados and Bermuda this week, and it could be heading our way.

It will arrive at the same time as another deep area of low pressure is expected to position itself above the UK. The hurricane remnants will be dragged towards Britain by a dip in the jetstream putting the UK in the firing line.

However, the exact path of the storm is still uncertain.

The Met Office has said that it is “increasingly likely” that Joaquin will impact Britain, with parts of the country facing “severe gales” and “heavy rain”.

Dean Hall, from the Met Office said: “All changes this week with low pressure weather, showers, thunder and breezy in parts. Certainly a contrast to what we have been used to in the last few weeks.”

Hurricane JoaquinA Jeep drives on a flooded street at high-tide in downtown Ocean City, Maryland after extreme weather

He added: “The wet weather will clear on Wednesday leaving some fine, dry conditions for Thursday and there is the risk of mist, fog and perhaps a bit of frost.”

And Mr Hall warned that although it was early to say for sure, the UK could be hit by the back-end of the hurricane at the weekend.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding this weekend with the possibility of Hurricane Joaquin coming in. There’s the potential of it being quite wet and windy throughout.”

High pressure throughout the country last week brought warm weather and clear skies to the West Midlands - but that will change this week, said forecasters, with a return to wet and windy weather and much cooler temperatures.

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