Tropical Storm Wanda threatens to lash Brits with heavy rain and strong gusts

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The UK is gearing up for more grizzly weather this week as Tropical Storm Wanda looks set to batter us from across the pond.

Wanda has been mapped out by the US National Hurricane Centre and it is now clear that the remnants of the extratropical cyclone will bring fierce winds over here by Tuesday.

Forecasters have said that the storm will "indirectly influence the forecast" soon, and already there have been gale warnings issued in northern Scotland over the weekend, reports Bristol Live.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Harris said: "Tropical Storm Wanda is not too far from the UK and may indirectly influence the forecast early next week."

Netweather and STV meteorologist Jo Farrow added: "If Wanda gets caught up with another Atlantic low pressure, its tropical energy could help bring wet and windy weather to the UK."

The storm is currently over the Atlantic Ocean and is gradually progressing northeastward.

Although it is expected to weaken and soon be downgraded to a non-tropical feature, what is left of the storm will become embedded within a larger Atlantic frontal zone, the Met Office said.

This will then move across the UK on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Met Office said it could lead to rainfall and potentially weather warnings, although the timing and track of the system is still uncertain.

According to their five-day forecast for this week, this evening it will be "windy in the north and west" and come Wednesday there will be "showers and strong wind" in many areas, particularly up north.

We should see heavy clouds everywhere today and "spells of rain and drizzle" in the north and west.

By Wednesday the storm would have brought in a "band of rain in the south" and towards the end of the week there will be "further rain into the northwest".

Temperatures today will hover at around 13C to 14C for most of the UK during the daytime, but the west coast from East Anglia up to Scotland will be more chilly at around 10C or 11C.

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