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Big Bertha to bring 60mph winds to UK.

Byline: Rachael Misstear West Wales Editor rachael.misstear@walesonline.co.uk

FORECASTERS are warning people to brace themselves for winds of up to 60mph across South Wales on Sunday as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha begins to push across Europe.

Bertha, which hit the Caribbean earlier this week, is forecast to track its way to the British Isles by the weekend.

The exact path of the storm is not yet known, or even if it will reach Wales, but the Met Office yesterday issued a weather warning for rain on Sunday - warning more than 50mm could fall.

The storm will bring an autumnal feel to the weather with a spell of heavy rain and gales.

It comes as a stark contrast to the sweltering conditions experienced through much of July.

Today is forecast start dry but a few showers will break out and there is a risk of rain arriving during the afternoon and evening, especially in the south, east, and into Powys.

Tomorrow promises some sunny spells, being mostly dry apart from a few hit-and-miss showers.

The Met Office said in a statement: "The remains of hurricane Bertha, over the western side of the Atlantic on Thursday morning, will come steadily towards the UK.

"The transition from a tropical to an extra-tropical feature is a particularly hard one to forecast with confidence, and computer models continue to differ in the location and intensity of the resulting depression, which is expected to pass over, or close to, the UK from early on Sunday.

"There is the potential for widespread rainfall totals of more than 50mm and coastal gusts of over 60mph, along with large waves. However, the system may pass harmlessly to the south of the country or spread heavy rain even further north, and the public are advised to keep up to date with warnings."

BBC weather presenter Derek Brockway said there was a lot of uncertainty about the exact track Bertha will take and what impact the storm will have.

"It may be minimal or it may bring us some unusually wet and windy weather for August - we don't know yet," he said.

Met Office spokeswoman Laura Young said: "The wind might start picking up on Saturday, but it won't be anything too blustery. Temperatures are looking at averages of 18-190C across Wales."

However, Ms Young said Sunday was still an "unknown quantity".

"If that systems comes through we could have really high winds. One theory is that the centre of the low pressure system could settle on the southwest. Around that low is where the worst of the winds could be. We could see 60mph gusts of wind. It will remain fairly warm. On the other hand the system might not hit at all."

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Hurricane Bertha off the Bahamas earlier this week. The hurricane is now <Bheading across the Atlantic and is due to hit Europe on the weekend

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