Guys: A true bro­mance is bet­ter for us

Mild weather at week­end will give way to rain & 70mph winds

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MARTIN BAGOT Health and Sci­ence Cor­re­spon­dent BY

MEN have con­fessed their bro­mances are stronger than the re­la­tion­ships they have with women.

They find it eas­ier to ex­press emo­tions and get over rows with their close male friends.

They also feel less “judged” than with women, a study by Winch­ester Univer­sity, Hants, found.

Re­searcher Adam White in­ter­viewed straight male stu­dents in Los An­ge­les.

One said: “It’s your best friend. You are closer to him than any­one. They are like a guy girl­friend.”

The re­port, in jour­nal Men and Mas­culin­i­ties, said a bro­mance was “in­ti­mate and trust­ing”.

It also “of­fers men a new so­cial space for emo­tional dis­clo­sure, out­side tra­di­tional re­la­tion­ships”. MAKE the most of the pleas­ant weather this week­end – it won’t last.

Tear­ing in close be­hind from the At­lantic is Hur­ri­cane Ophe­lia, fore­cast to reach North­ern Ire­land on Mon­day.

We’re ex­pected to be bat­tered by its rem­nants, with heavy rain and wind speeds of 60-70mph.

It will co­in­cide with the 30th an­niver­sary of the Great Storm, which killed 18 peo­ple af­ter blast­ing into the south of Eng­land overnight on Oc­to­ber 15, 1987.

The es­ti­mated £1bil­lion dam­age wreaked fol­lowed a no­to­ri­ous fore­cast by BBC weath­er­man Michael Fish, who said no hur­ri­cane was com­ing and told view­ers not to worry.

Tem­per­a­tures for to­day, to­mor­row and Sun­day are pre­dicted to be up to 18C, well above nor­mal.

But Met Of­fice fore­caster Alex Burkill warned: “Hur­ri­cane Ophe­lia is fore­cast to track east­wards to­wards Ibe­ria for the week­end.

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“In­di­ca­tions are it will have weak­ened to an ex­tra-trop­i­cal storm by then be­fore con­tin­u­ing to­wards the UK, prob­a­bly reach­ing us early next week.

“But it’s def­i­nitely some­thing we are keep­ing an eye on for the pos­si­bil­ity early next week of some dis­rup­tive con­di­tions.”

Bri­tain’s weather ap­pears likely to con­tinue un­set­tled into Tues­day, due to a sep­a­rate band of low pres­sure, and re­main change­able all week.

Ophe­lia is this year’s 10th named At­lantic storm in a row to be­come a hur­ri­cane – ty­ing a record un­bro­ken since 1893. Dur­ing the 1987 storm, the high­est mea­sured gust was 120mph, which hit West Sus­sex.

Over the UK schools were forced to shut, dam­age to the Na­tional Grid left thou­sands of homes with­out power and 15 mil­lion trees were blown down. The fore­cast­ing farce prompted an in­ter­nal in­quiry by the Met Of­fice which led it to bring in op­er­a­tional re­forms, in­clud­ing how it re­ports weather warn­ings.

MET OF­FICE FORE­CASTER

Car crushed un­der a brick wall the storm blew down in Read­ing, Berks OUT­RAGE Our front page The prob­a­blil­ity of trop­i­cal storm force winds IN­FA­MOUS Michael Fish de­liv­ers his fore­cast on BBC AGROUND Sealink ferry at Folke­stone, Kent

AT­TACK Matthew and Ellen

LADDIES’ MEN Bond­ing

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