Storm Chris is upgraded to a hurricane as it threatens to bring heavy rain and gales to the UK

Storm Chris has now been upgraded to a hurricane and is set to hit the UK with gales and damper weather.

Thursday, 12th July 2018, 11:50 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:11 pm

The National Hurricane Centre confirmed this change in a tweet which said: “Chris is the second hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic season, after hurricane Beryl”.

Hurricane Chris is currently tracking the East Coast of the US and is set to cross the Atlantic to the UK.

Nicola Maxey, Senior Press Officer for the Met Office, explains that this sort of weather activity is typical for this time of year and although the storm is now a hurricane, by the time it reaches the UK it will be an ex-hurricane.

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Storm Chris has now been upgraded to a hurricane and is set to hit the UK with gales and damper weather (Photo: Met Office and Shutterstock)

This is due to the hurricane crossing the large body of water that is the Atlantic, where its energy is sucked out and it loses its strength.

However, this doesn’t mean that the weather conditions in the UK won’t be impacted by Storm Chris, as wet and windy weather conditions are now expected.

As Ms Maxey explains, this hurricane has to go through “lots of stages” before reaching the UK and the exact track it will take is “still in doubt”.

Although Storm Chris is expected to make its way towards the UK, there is a possibility it could miss it out completely and head towards central Europe instead.

However, at the moment it looks set to make its way to the UK and have an impact on the North of England and Scotland, bringing wet and windy conditions.

The North West is now expected to see wet weather and showers over the next few days, whilst some parts of the region could see Thunderstorms.

The rainy weather is then set to continue in Scotland on Monday and Tuesday and although this is also potential in North West, the uncertainty of the exact path of Storm Chris leaves this unclear.

At the moment, light, breezy winds are expected in the region, with the potential for gales across certain parts of the UK.

However, there has been a dip in temperatures over the past couple of days, with cooler temperatures of around 20C in the region, this is is set to build again towards the end of the week.

Higher temperatures of around 25C are expected just in time for the weekend, with temperatures then expected to continue to climb.