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Britain is bracing to be battered by a hurricane bringing gale force winds of 75mph and lashings of rain next week.
Tropical Storm Leslie, which is swirling menacingly in the middle of the Atlantic, was today upgraded to a hurricane as it hit warmer waters and gained speed.
Storm - US - Tomorrow - Course - Europe
The storm is projected to strike the US tomorrow before changing course and heading for Europe on Sunday.
Forecasters say it is too early to tell what impact this will have on the UK but say the country should brace for rain and wind.
England - Week - Temperatures - Thursday - Friday
But before then, much of England is expected to enjoy a mild week that could see temperatures gradually climb to 68F (20C) by Thursday and 70F (21C) by Friday.
Leslie is expected to strength as it meanders over the north-central Atlantic Ocean for the next few days, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
Storm - Leslie - Tuesday - Met - Office
Speaking of Storm Leslie on Tuesday, Met Office chief forecaster Andy Page said: 'Tropical Storm Leslie is currently in the central North Atlantic and is expected to remain there over the next few days.
'Leslie will likely strengthen to a hurricane as it moves over warmer waters on Tuesday and Wednesday, with large swells affecting Bermuda and east coast of US and Caribbean.
'It is likely to gradually weaken after this and...
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