Bringing you updated Storm Gert path information, live tracking maps, weather models and videos as the second hurricane of the Atlantic season heads towards the UK.
The tail-end of Hurricane Gert is currently racing across the Atlantic and is expected to divide the UK with wind and rain in the North but sunshine and balmy temperatures in the South.
The latest Hurricane Gert news will be here and updated 24/7, including the most recent updates and advisories from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and the Met Office. All times are in BST.
Friday August 18
10.29am: Hurricane Gert downgraded to a tropical storm
Hurricane Gert has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it moves over colder Atlantic waters.
The storm is forecast to merge with another low pressure system before descending on the UK this weekend and into next week.
Grahame Madge from the Met Office said: “It will be becoming absorbed within another low pressure system and is expected to arrive in the north-east Atlantic overnight Sunday/Monday bringing warm and humid air.”
Hurricane Gert has been downgraded to a tropical storm
8.45am: Weather warnings issued in Ireland as Gert closes in
Five counties in the Republic of Ireland have been issued a weather warning as Hurricane Gert closes in on the British Isles.
Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo have been issued yellow warnings that will remain in place until 4pm on Friday.
Met Eireann, the Irish Meteorological service, said: “Showers will merge at times to give longer spells of rain with some heavy or thundery downpours giving rainfall totals of 30 to 40 mm and the risk of spot flooding.”
8.06am: Hurricane Gert weakens over the Atlantic
Hurricane Gert continues to weaken as it races across the Atlantic Ocean towards the UK.
Maximum sustained winds speeds have dipped to 65mph with gusts of up to 80mph according to AccuWeather.
Gert is moving at a rate of 39mph.
Hurricane Gert is racing towards the UK from across the Atlantic
Remnants of Hurricane Gert are forecast to shift the jet stream north
Thursday August 17
4.55pm: Hurricane Gert to be downgraded to a deep depression
Hurricane Gert is forecast to become a deep depression on Friday when it merges with the jet stream, the constant current of air found several miles above the Atlantic.
The storm will pick up moisture over the tropical Atlantic seas and looks set to dump it over the northern and western Britain late on Sunday, according to the Met Office.
However, a more northerly jet stream could be good news for heading into next week.
The last remnants of Gert are forecast to ease off by Wednesday, leaving settled conditions with just the odd for most of the UK.
Temperatures are likely to be slightly below average for the time of year, but could start to increase as the week progresses.
Hurricane Gert could bring heavy showers and strong winds to the UK on Sunday
Hurricane Gert could bring warmer weather to parts of the south and east of the UK
4pm: Met Office forecast shows divided UK by weather
Remnants of Hurricane Gert are set to divide the UK with very different types of weather this weekend.
Northern and western parts of Britain face heavy rain and strong winds, while the South could actually see more sun and higher temperatures.
Met Office meteorologist Emma Sharples told Express.co.uk: “On Sunday into Monday we’ll see a band of rain moving eastwards and then southwards across the country.
“The heaviest rain is likely to be over northern and western parts, with some eastern parts staying mostly dry.
“As this system moves across the country, it is likely to introduce warmer air than we have seen recently and so southern parts of the UK could see temperatures in the low 20Cs.
“Later Monday and into Tuesday the rain will clear southwards, probably leaving bright spells and showers and breezy conditions.”
Hurricane Gert has been raging off the US’s east coast for the past three days
12.30am: Hurricane Gert begins to weaken
Hurricane Gert has started to lose strength as it rips towards colder Atlantic waters.
Maximum sustained winds are still at a powerful 100mph, but Gert is forecast to lose its tropical characteristics by Thursday night.
According to the NHC, hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles.