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Met Office warning as Hurricane Sam set to bring rain and winds to UK

Met Office forecasters have issued a weather warning as Hurricane Sam is set to affect conditions in the UK this weekend.

While the alert does not cover Nottingham, heavy rain is still predicted on Saturday afternoon, October 2, along with gusts of up to 35mph.

The Met Office say they are continuing to track Hurricane Sam and have confirmed its unpredictable movements are set to impact our weather next week.

In Nottingham, there is an 80% chance of rain as of 11am on Saturday, October 2 – the heavy rain is expected to stay in place until around 7pm.

Sunday, however, should be drier with some sunshine and some cloud cover.

The Met Office says it is difficult to know exactly what may happen with the hurricane, saying the severity depends on whether it mixes with the jet stream or not – describing it as a “bundle of energy”, The Mirror reports.

“It is currently safely away from the UK, on the other side of the Atlantic,” they said.

“It has not directly impacted any land areas, but it will be approaching the jet stream, and it could play havoc with the jet stream.

“It could, if it interacts with the jet stream in a certain way, but it might not affect the jet stream at all. It is such a small bundle of energy that it will have a huge impact on the jet stream, if it joins in with it.

“It could push it to the north of the UK, and what the would mean is that by Friday, high pressure could build over the UK making it drier.

“Another scenario is that it won’t touch the jet stream, meaning it will continue to be wet and windy.

“All the different computer models are saying very different things about the track of Hurricane Sam. We talk about uncertainty a lot, this is particularly uncertain.”

A yellow warning has been given for certain areas for nine hours of gales and rain tomorrow as the tail end of the storm is expecting to arrive.

The alert will be in force from 1pm to 10pm on Saturday and covers coastal areas in southern and eastern England.