Ireland and Britain brace for unsettled weather as Hurricanes Lee and Maria cross Atlantic
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Ireland and Britain brace for unsettled weather as Hurricanes Lee and Maria cross Atlantic

IRELAND and Britain are bracing for unsettled weather as Hurricanes Lee and Maria prepare to cross the Atlantic. 

Hurricanes Lee and Maria, category three and one respectively, are currently over the Atlantic in the south east of the US.

But forecasters in Britain and Ireland have forecast 'unsettled' weather for the coming days as

In Ireland, Met Éireann have said an it will be an 'unsettled weekend' in Ireland with the ex-hurricanes in the Atlantic.

On Saturday it will be dry weather initially but with some showers, and rain spreading North later in the day.

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It will be wet overnight with some heavy downpours in places and the risk of spot flooding.

Sunday will be a blustery windy day with heavy showers, although the showers will tend to ease off later in the afternoon as the westerly winds become less gusty with some sunny spells also.

There will be further outbreaks of rain for many parts on Sunday night into Monday morning with heavy downpours and risk of spot flooding.

Drier weather is expected on Monday afternoon.

From the Met Office, Steve Ramsdale, Chief Operational Meteorologist explains: “The remnants of tropical systems are likely to impact our weather towards the end of the weekend and into the beginning of next week.

"However, it is important to say that any weather impacts will be very different from those experienced in the Caribbean.”

Although both hurricanes will be much weaker by the time they arrive across Britain and Ireland, the Met Office said 'their remnants will still contain air of tropical origin which can exert an influence on the weather in the north east Atlantic.'

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Mr Ramsdale added: “The track of these systems and how they may interact with another area of low pressure in the Atlantic is uncertain – there may end up being one large area of low pressure or several separate systems.

"However, many places will see a period of wet and windy weather later this weekend and into next week.

"It looks likely that western parts of Britain will see the heaviest rainfall and a yellow National Severe Weather Warning has been issued for rainfall for Sunday and Monday."