Weekend washout as Brits set for a soaking when Storm Alex blows in

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Sunbathers have been dealt a blow with Storm Alex set to batter parts of the UK today (June 11).

There are 60mph gales expected, along with downpours in northern England and Scotland – with 28ft waves offshore.

The winds could wipe out shade umbrellas on beaches in the south, where temperatures are set to reach 24C.

And there are fears that 18 tropical storms could strike Britain this summer from the Caribbean – four more than average.

Met Office tropical cyclone expert Julian Heming said: “This year, the forecasts issued by many different weather agencies all indicate an above-average tropical storm season.

“They are all pointing in the same direction – and this gives us a higher degree of confidence.”

Tropical storms boast 70mph or higher gusts. Ex-Hurricane Bertha in 2014 sparked weeks of rain across the country.

The risk to the UK is higher this summer as the Met Office forecasts a more active hurricane season than normal with 18 storms .

But next week could see the nation sizzle with temperatures soaring to highs of 32C.

Manchester, London and Southampton are expected to see the warmest weather with cooler, breezier temperatures along the coastline.

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Forecaster Phil Morrish said: “We’ve got higher pressure developing over southern Spain and this is going to give us some very warm air coming up from the UK as from about Wednesday next week.

“It’s some very, very hot air coming from the North African desert moving northwards into the UK.

“It looks like the Spanish plume will arrive on Wednesday, with temperatures rising into the mid-20s and could peak on Saturday when we could reach 30C or 31C in the south, 32C in London and in the midlands 28C.”

It comes after people in the capital soaked in the rays on Friday as the mercury reached around 23C.

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