'Storm Ernesto' looks set to hit Ireland this weekend

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Bad weather is set to arrive in the country in the early hours of Sunday morning, but will only hit certain areas.

TS Lane is expected to strengthen rapidly, whipping up hurricane force winds by late Thursday or early Friday morning, likely becoming at least a Category 3 hurricane by the weekend.

"The track will see it head for Ireland Saturday night but at present it is forecast very breezy with some rain".

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According to the Met Office, Storm Ernesto will no longer be classified as a storm when it arrives in the United Kingdom, as it is expected to have lost some of its power by the time it reaches the country, but it will still bring with it heavy rain and strong winds.

In the meantime, spells of wet and windy weather are expected in Northern Ireland and along western coasts of Scotland, Wales and England on Friday.

It is now wrapped in areas of smoke, which have been transported by upper atmospheric winds from the wildfires in western United States of America and Canada.

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However, combined with overnight lows of a relatively balmy 15C to 17C, Saturday night will be a warm and muggy night with the possibility of thunderstorms in some places, giving it a somewhat sultry feel.

This will then turn heavier and more persistent through the afternoon, with a maximum temperature of around 20 °C.

There will be heavy rain and wind throughout most of the day on Sunday, with a peak temperature of around 19C.

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Bonnie Diamond, forecaster for the Met Office, said: "Towards next weekend it is likely to become generally drier, brighter and more settled, especially for southern parts of the United Kingdom where it could become warm or very warm again".

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