Hurricane Ophelia slowly heads toward Ireland, Azores

As we move into the start of the new week, Ophelia is forecaat to undergo extratropical transition, becoming a post-tropical storm.

THE MET Office has issued a weather warning as high speed winds are due next Monday, as ex-Hurricane Ophelia approaches the UK.

It is now around 760 miles south-west of the Portuguese Azore islands, whipping up 75mph winds as it trundles eastwards. The last time a season produced 10 consecutive hurricanes was in 1893, according to Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach - a period when tracking hurricanes largely relied on ships and barometric readings.

The compact weather system which will arrive on Monday afternoon and will continue into the early hours of Tuesday morning, is the first notable storm of the year to reach Irish shores.

From here Ophelia will curl more northward and remain a strong storm near Ireland Monday or Monday night.

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National Hurricane Center in Miami says Ophelia's center is 745 miles (1,195 kilometers) southwest of the Azores late Wednesday. A slow northeast drift is expected Wednesday night and Thursday, followed by an acceleration to the east / northeast.

It will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England overnight on October 15.

The remnants of Ophelia are predicted to strike the British Isles on Sunday and although it will no longer be a hurricane, experts have warned it could still pack a punch.

Western Britain will also likely be battered by gusts of between 60mph and 70mph.

"At the moment, because it's four days away, there are a lot of possibilities as to how this might evolve, we are anxious to keep an eye on it".

The remnants of Ophelia look set to reach the United Kingdom on Monday, with unsettled weather expected to cause disruption, the Met Office said.

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