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Hurricane Bertha will miss East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

A torrential downpour is unlikely to hit East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire

A torrential downpour is unlikely to hit East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire

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Forecasters have played down the likelihood of Hurricane Bertha battering Britain over the weekend, but do expect rain in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.

The hurricane, which has been moving across the Atlantic, has reached speeds of up to 90 miles per hour but is not expected to cause any damage to the British Isles.

A Met Office spokesman said that there is a '30 per cent chance' that Hurricane Bertha will hit the UK, with the south coast being the region most likely to be affected, meaning that people living in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire do not have to worry about any torrential downpours or severe winds.

The spokesman said: "The system has been losing power as it makes its way across to us and is more likely to hit the north coast of France than the UK."

Temperatures over the weekend are likely to remain in the low 20s but rain is forecast for the area over the weekend. The spokesman continued: "The showers will become heavier overnight before petering out into the morning.

"The early part of the day should be dry but after 1pm there are likely to be intermittent showers with some possibly being heavy.

"Sunday will be dry to start with but as before there will be sunshine and showers throughout the day."

Issuing advice to people looking to spend the weekend outdoors, the Met Office is recommending that a raincoat is kept close by at all times to avoid getting soaked in the intermittent showers.

It is also advising people to keep checking its website for any further updates throughout the weekend.

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