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

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

A hurricane brewing over the Atlantic threatens to bring strong winds on Monday - and a mini-heatwave.

Hurricane Ophelia is crossing the Atlantic Ocean and could bring warm weather, gusts of up to 70mph and heavy rain to Scotland.

Ophelia is centered about 725 miles southwest of the Azores and is moving northeast near 3 mph.

Twenty two people died after the Great Storm hit the United Kingdom - alongside Spain and France - with hurricane-force winds across October 15 and 16 in 1987. Ophelia remains well away from any landmasses at the present time.

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

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"Temperature wise we could see mid 20s mainly across southern United Kingdom on Monday so there should be some quite decent weather", the Met Office said.

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

BBC meteorologist Michael Fish famously brushed off reports that "there was a hurricane on the way" just hours before the storm hit.

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.

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