Just when you thought the British summer weather couldn't get any worse, a HURRICANE is about to send stormy weather across the UK.
Yes, Hurricane Gert is on her way - and she's brewing up something fierce ahead of her arrival on UK shores at the weekend.
However, according to the Met Office , hurricanes aren't actually all that unusual towards the end of summer.
In fact, last year, the UK was lashed by Hurricane Gaston, while in 2015 it was Hurricane Kate. And let's not forget Hurricane Bertha a year before that.
Gert will be here over Saturday and Sunday (August 19 to August 20) so here's everything you need to know about the next significant UK weather event on the way.
What is Hurricane Gert?
Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said: "This time of year, mid summer to autumn time, occasionally we see the odd hurricane modified by the cool waters of the north Atlantic that slowly move up."
She added the hurricane will become a "typical depression" by the time the cool water has moved across to western Europe.
Hurricane Gert is currently a category one storm and is the north Atlantic's second hurricane this year.
Where is Gert right now?
At the moment, Gert is travelling eastwards, parallel to the USA coast.
However, by Wednesday (August 16) into Thursday (August 17), she will be touring the east side of Canada, where she is upgraded to an "ex hurricane".
Ms Nasir continued: "By the time it gets to the mid-Atlantic, it becomes a typical mid-Atlantic depression, so a deep area of low pressure."
When will Gert arrive in the UK?
Gert will cross the waters to the UK coast on Friday (August 18) and will arrive fully by "the latter part of the weekend and into next week".
In short, this means a lot of wet and windy weather is on the way.
"Currently we are expecting some wet and windy weather, some heavy rain from time to time, particularly in the northern half of the UK," it is added.
While there is a small chance of some "fine and warm weather", unsurprisingly, it is more likely to be "heavy rain and perhaps strong winds".
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