Grab the wellies: Hurricane Ophelia is due to hit Ireland on Monday

Cheryl Sanders
October 12, 2017

The tropical storm was named a hurricane overnight and the US National Hurricane Centre has warned it could strengthen over the coming days.

The center said in an advisory Wednesday afternoon that Ophelia gained hurricane status as its top sustained winds reached 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

Ireland is set to be faced with 120km/h winds early next week as Hurricane Ophelia makes its way towards us.

The Met Office is said be "very concerned" about the possibility of strong gales and torrential rain causing disruption up and down the country.

Ahead of the heavy wind and rain Hurricane Ophelia will bring with it, temperatures are set to reach 20 degrees over the weekend. However, the NHC said it would be downgraded to a storm by then.

"When the storm arrives it will still maintain some of that energy".

While the impact is not expected to be as severe as the Great Storm of 1987, Ophelia will be similar to Tropical Storm Grace, which hit the United Kingdom in 2009, and ex-hurricane Gordon, which struck in 2006, according to forecasters.

The tail of the hurricane is predicted to whip the Irealnd and the west coast of Scotland.

The unsettled weather looks likely to continue into Tuesday due to a separate band of low pressure, and will remain changeable throughout the rest of the week.

"We are going to import some of that heat, we could still see 22/23C on Sunday - it may creep up on Monday".

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