Ireland is set to be hit by the tail end of a hurricane at the beginning of next week as Hurricane Ophelia has formed in the Atlantic Ocean and moves towards Great Britain and Ireland.
Forecasters have predicted that it could arrive on Irish shores at some stage on Monday, but it will have become progressively weaker by then and it could even have a positive effect on the weather in Ireland.
Forecaster Eleanor Bell, of The Weather Channel, said: “Latest model guidance is indicating Ophelia will move in from the Azores across the Biscay area around Sunday and move on towards Britain early next week.
“This will push a plume of warmer air in from the south ahead of it. It is important to note we are still a week out and the models will likely vary in exact timing and position of Ophelia over the next few forecast runs.
Temperatures could rise as high as the low 20s if the end of the storm reaches the Irish isles, though Met Eireann have not been able to detail exactly what weather we should expect to get.
"Current indications suggest a stormy day for Monday is possible, but uncertainty on the detail remains, due to the nature of the track of the Atlantic storm system," said Met Eireann.
"The situation will be monitored throughout the weekend but at the moment it looks like it will be a windy day with further spells of rain."
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