Brace yourself: Hurricane Ophelia is on the way here
IRELAND could be hit by winds of over 100kph from Monday when Hurricane Ophelia reaches our shores.
The storm is currently picking up speed as it crosses the Atlantic and we are expected to feel the effects of it on Monday and Tuesday.
Met Éireann has issued an advisory saying a combination of a vigorous Atlantic weather system, and the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia, will pass close to Ireland. It has the potential to be a ‘high-impact’ event in parts of the country.
The forecaster claimed there is a lot of uncertainty on the exact movement of the system during the coming four days, but storm-force winds, outbreaks of heavy rain and very high seas are threatened.
Met Éireann will keep a close watch on its evolution and issue further advisories and warnings, it said.
Forecaster Liz Gavin said: ‘‘We are monitoring this at the moment... The current indications suggest it will track close to our shores.’
Ophelia is the tenth consecutive storm to reach hurricane-level strength in the Atlantic so far this year.
Today, the rain will continue through to tonight on southern coasts where it will remain dull and damp. Tomorrow will be a generally cloudy day for many, with showers at times and possibly longer spells of rain along the west coast.
There will be some brighter spells in the afternoon.