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Watch Hurricane Ophelia heading this way

12 October 2017 11:26
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Ophelia could be the first storm to make landfall as a hurricane in Europe since Debbie in 1961

If Hurricane Ophelia continues on her path across the Atlantic it could be the first storm to make as a fully fledged hurricane since Debbie in 1961.

Meteorologists are closely tracking Hurricane Ophelia as it heads this way and at the moment say it could hit Ireland and the west, bring winds up to 80mph.

Britain will be hit by confusing weather as the remains of both ex-Hurricane Nate and Hurricane Ophelia race across the North Atlantic.

The dying embers of ex-Hurricane Nate are currently moving towards Iceland as a tropical depression, after leaving at least 45 people dead in parts of the US and Central America earlier this month.

Further south the tropical storm Ophelia has been upgraded to category one hurricane status and is travelling in a north-easterly direction off the south-west coast of the Azores.

Remains of both Atlantic systems are predicted to be picked up by the jet stream and swept towards the British Isles and north-west Europe, bringing a variety of weather conditions over the next week.

UK weather will be under the influence of Nate's tropical remnants first, as a plume of warm air will barrel in from Spain thrusting thermometers to above-average values from Friday.

The balmy conditions will last the weekend, with the best of the weather in the southeast where maximum values in the capital could hit 23C.

A combination of sunny spells and cloud will be a prevalent feature across the rest of England, as scattered showers feed into the north.

Dr. Claire Kennedy-Edwards, senior meteorologist of The Weather Channel, said: "Western European weather will be influenced by two ex-hurricanes over the next week.

"Ex-hurricane Nate will be bringing some warm tropical air across north-west and central Europe this weekend, with temperatures rising 5-6C above the average.

"Maximum temperatures will be into the low 20s C across parts of the England and Wales this weekend alongside some humid nights with lows around 13-14C.

"It will be warm but wet over Scotland and Ireland with highs of 16-18C."

However, change will take place Monday and Tuesday as Ophelia takes charge, bringing potent stormy conditions to parts of the country.

Northern and western areas are likely to be hit by the worst, with some forecasts indicating winds could be gale force.

Frequent outbreaks of rain are predicted to edge eastwards Monday, accompanied by winds of 40-50mph across Ireland, Irish Sea coasts and the far west of Scotland.

Gusts could approach 80mph over exposed parts of the west with some damage possible, according to the data.

But not all will be affected by Ophelia on Monday, most of England will escape dry - though this will be short lived.

The forecaster added: "On Monday, by contrast, it looks like much of England and Wales will have another very warm day with highs again around 18-22C in the sunshine."

The downpours will become heavier on Tuesday, moving further east to soak the western half of the country.

Dr Kennedy-Edwards said: "Forecast models are coming into agreement that Ophelia will become a deep low pressure system during Monday morning as it approaches south-west Ireland with some stormy conditions expected.

"At the moment, the worst of the conditions look set to be over Ireland and more especially the west.

"It is important to stress that this track is likely to change and people should pay attention to further updates in subsequent days."

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