Hur­ri­cane watch

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - News -

TROP­I­CAL storm Ophe­lia ‘which could turn into a hur­ri­cane’ is be­ing watched closely in the At­lantic off the Ibe­rian Penin­sula.

The cli­ma­tol­ogy lab at Ali­cante univer­sity noted that ‘we do not know what course it will take from the end of the week but if it passes close to the penin­sula the sit­u­a­tion could be­come com­pli­cated in the north west’.

Lo­cal me­te­o­rol­o­gist Pe­dro José Gómez from MeteOri­huela ex­plained that it is fore­casted to hit the Por­tuguese and Gali­cian coast­line on Sun­day evening and early Mon­day – and is set to af­fect the weather for the whole of Spain.

He told Costa Blanca News that the storm will change the at­mo­spheric dy­nam­ics and shift the high pres­sure camped over Spain which is block­ing low pres­sures and rain­fall ar­riv­ing from the At­lantic.

“Ophe­lia will open the doors to de­pres­sions from the At­lantic Ocean,” he noted.

“They bring very lit­tle rain to the Mediter­ranean coast but at least rain­fall is ex­pected at last in the rest of Spain.”

Sr Gómez said Ophe­lia will weaken due to the cold seas off Por­tu­gal and Gali­cia.

“Large waves and high winds are fore­casted for the Por­tuguese and Gali­cian coast­line,” he said.

“But the rest of Spain is not ex­pected to be hit by Ophe­lia.”

Ophe­lia formed on Mon­day as a de­pres­sion and then turned into a trop­i­cal storm (see radar im­age above) but rather than head­ing for the Amer­i­cas it moved to­wards Europe due to the high pres­sure over the Azores.

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