Hurricane Ophelia continues in Atlantic


Meanwhile Ophelia has strengthened into a hurricane in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Azores, according to the National Hurricane Center. Ophelia is now the tenth consecutive hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic tropical season.

But Ophelia will not be at hurricane status by the time it reaches the United Kingdom, as our waters are not warm enough to sustain it at that strength.

Ophelia is on track to reach the United Kingdom nearly 30 years to the day of the Great Storm of 1987, which killed 22 people across Britain, France and the Channel Islands.

Hurricane Ophelia is expected to move towards Europe in the days ahead, Silverang said.

Tropical storm force winds will hit Ireland and the south-west coast of Britain on Monday morning at 1am BST, reaching the northern-most tip of Scotland by 1pm.

Here's all we know about Hurricane Ophelia and the United Kingdom weather forecast over the coming days...

The storm caused damage estimated at £1billion and claimed 18 lives.

"Above-normal temperatures could continue into Monday before getting cooler from Tuesday".

Met Office forecaster, Emma Sharples told The Sun: "There's going to be a spell of quite warm weather off the back of it from Friday through to Monday, particularly in the south [of the UK]".