UK weather forecast: Chart turns PURPLE as BRUTAL storm lashes Britain with 90mm of rain

Forecasters have warned parts of Britain will be lashed with up to 90mm of rain and winds could reach speeds of up to 70mph. One weather chart shows Wales and the west of England on track to be hit with gusts of wind of more than 70mph tomorrow. The harrowing conditions are expected to descend on the UK over a 36-hour weather window.

Holidaymakers across the UK have been warned to expect an “unseasonably wet and windy spell”.

Those including campers staying by the coast have been told to prepare for the worst.

The warning follows a similar period of unseasonable weather towards the end of last week, coinciding with the arrival of Storm Ellen.

A chart by WX Charts shows Francis making its way across the Atlantic.

Predictions for Tuesday show the storm arriving in Wales, the Midlands and parts of northern England.

The purple colour coding of the chart suggests winds of over 70mph will sweep through parts of the country.

Meteorologist Nicola Maxey of the Met Office said: “Since 2015 when we started naming storms, we have never had to name a storm in August – and now we’ve had two in a few days.

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The yellow warning is in place from midnight on Monday until 6am on Wednesday.

Forecasters said “some communities may be cut off by flooded roads” and “delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible”.

Another yellow rain warning for the same time period is in place for parts of north Wales, the Midlands and the North.

The Met Office said flooding of homes is likely as is “some interruption to power supplies”.

A wind warning is in place from 9am on Tuesday to 9am on Wednesday.

The area covers the Midlands, Wales and all of southern England.

Power cuts are expected and people have been warned to steer clear of seafronts as “injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves”.

There is also the possibility of people being injured from flying debris, meteorologists said.

Storm Ellen resulted in the deaths of 15-year-old Nicola Williams who was swept to her death in the Rhymney River in Llanrumney, Cardiff, and a 50-year-old holidaymaker who died in the sea near Helston, west Cornwall, after getting into difficulties.



UK weather warning: Charts turn PURPLE as powerful Storm Ellen SMASHES Britain in hours

Britain is set to be battered with fierce winds and torrential downpours as Storm Ellen hits the country later this afternoon. The storm, which contains the remnants of Tropical Storm Kyle, is set to smash into the West Country before sweeping across Southern England and the Midlands. Terrifying weather maps chart the exact moment the storm is set to hit the UK.

Weather maps by forecasters at WXCharts show the storm building to the south west of the UK on Wednesday afternoon.

The purple mass, which symbolises the powerful storm, edges north and builds through Thursday.

The chart shows the effects of the storm, which is set to bring gale force winds, ripple across the UK from Thursday and into the weekend.

Storm Ellen was named by Met Éireann on Tuesday evening, and marks the unseasonably, deep Atlantic low-pressure system.

The storm is forecast to hit the UK and Ireland later on tonight, and is set to last several days.

Commenting on the weather system, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, Steve Ramsdale said: “Following the recent hot and thundery weather we are seeing a significant change to very unsettled conditions for August with an unseasonal spell of strong winds associated with low-pressure centres for the second half of the week.

“Uncertainty remains high in the intensity of these systems at this point, but we are confident in the change to a spell of much windier weather.

“Tropical air associated with a decayed tropical cyclone is being drawn towards the UK, and the marked contrast between this warm and moist air with normal North Atlantic air masses can lead to a very vigorous system.”

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The Met Office warns there could be disruption to travel, debris on the roads and power cuts as trees crash across overhead lines.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Matthew Lehnert said: “Along with the sometimes heavy rain, strong winds have the potential to cause impacts that are not common in August.

“With this spell of unsettled weather coinciding with trees in full leaf and a peak in the camping season, wind-related impacts are more likely at lower wind speeds compared to other times of the year, particularly across Northern Ireland where winds are forecast to be strongest.”

On Friday a second yellow weather warning has been put in place from 4am to 6pm.

The alert covers much of the UK and warns of strong winds which could lead to travel disruption.

The stormy weather will drive temperatures down, averaging in the early 20s.

But parts of East Anglia is set to be a lot warmer than the rest of the country, and could see highs of about 28C on Thursday.



Ponchatoula becomes state's first Purple Heart city

TANGIPAHOA PARISH – On Friday, Ponchatoula made history by being officially dedicated as Louisiana’s first Purple Heart City.

The designation recognizes Ponchatoula residents who have earned the Purple Heart medal in military service.

The Purple Heart medal is given to military servicemen and women who were wounded in battle or to family of those killed in action.

Purple Heart recipient Bert Cusimano, of Ponchatoula, spoke at the dedication ceremony on Friday morning.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser presented a document to Mayor Bob Zabbia on behalf of Gov. John Bel Edwards, formally proclaiming the state’s first Purple Heart City.

Metal signs declaring the designation will be presented for placement at each of the city’s entrances.

Among the invited dignitaries are Edwards, state Secretary of Veteran Affairs Joey Strickland, Ponchatoula City Council members, Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller, 7th Ward Marshal Pat Farris, Police Chief Bry Layrisson, state Rep. Bill Wheat, Congressman Steve Scalise and US Sen. Bill Cassidy.

Fellow local Purple Heart recipient Ron Cerisi of Ponchatoula also attended the event.

Coronavirus warning – the ‘red or purple bumps’ on your skin you should never ignore

Coronavirus is an infectious disease that has been confirmed in more than 15 million people across the world. You could be at risk of the deadly infection if you notice a number of strange bumps on your toes, it’s been claimed.

The UK lockdown is slowly being eased, as shoppers are now allowed to explore the high-street in England, provided they remain socially-distanced.

You can also visit someone else’s garden, as long as there aren’t more than six people in the garden at once.

But the government has still advised the public to remain indoors as much as possible, in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

One of the more common symptoms of coronavirus is developing so-called ‘COVID toes’.

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“Pernio, a condition where you get red or purple tender bumps on the fingers or toes, also known as chilblains, is usually a reaction to cold temperatures,” said dermatologist Dr Esther Freeman.

She told Healio News: “In COVID-19, I prefer to call it ‘pernio-like’ rather than pernio, since we don’t yet know if it’s truly the same process.

“A lot of these patients adamantly deny being exposed to any sort of cold temperatures whatsoever. These skin lesions have been dubbed ‘COVID toes’.

“What patients are experiencing are red or purple bumps on their toes or hands, as well as a burning sensation, often with pain and tenderness. The good news is it seems to go away after about two to three weeks.”

There are a number of other coronavirus symptoms that you should be aware of.

Moderate symptoms of coronavirus are similar to mild ones, including a fever, and a dry cough.

But, crucially, patients will feel so tired and fatigued that they’ll struggle to get out of bed.

If you have mild or moderate coronavirus symptoms, you should avoid going to hospital unless it’s absolutely necessary, however.

Anybody that feels hot to the touch on their chest or back could be showing early coronavirus symptoms.

Similarly, anyone that’s been coughing more than usual for longer than a one-hour period, or if they’ve had at least three coughing episodes every 24 hours, should self-isolate.

Some patients have also reported a sore throat, headaches, and even a widespread rash.

More than 45,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK.



Kate Middleton stuns in gorgeous purple floral print dress during hospice visit

Kensington Palace tweeted: “This #ChildrensHospiceWeek The Duchess of Cambridge joined @EACH_hospices families to plant a garden for The Nook, one of EACH’s purpose-built hospices.

“Using plants bought during her visit to Fakenham Garden Centre last week, The Duchess of Cambridge worked alongside an @EACH_hospices volunteer gardener to plant a garden that will provide enjoyment for children and families #ChildrensHospiceWeek.

“Marking the end of #ChildrensHospiceWeek, The Duchess of Cambridge met with staff from @EACH_hospices’ care and facilities teams to thank them for the incredible work that they do.”

Kate wore a dress from Faithfull the Brand, which costs £180.

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