Bat­ten down for Ophe­lia

Scot­land braced for 60mph winds as tail of hur­ri­cane ap­proaches

Daily Record - - NEWS - MARK McGIVERN m.mcgivern@dai­

THE tail of Hur­ri­cane Ophe­lia is ex­pected to bring treach­er­ous weather to parts of Scot­land within days.

Un­usu­ally mild Oc­to­ber weather over the week­end – with tem­per­a­tures reach­ing more than 70F in some ar­eas – will be blown away by winds of up to 60mph on Mon­day.

The storm was up­graded to a cat­e­gory one hur­ri­cane on Wed­nes­day, mak­ing it the 10th hur­ri­cane of the 2017 At­lantic sea­son.

It is cur­rently about 760 miles south-west of the Por­tuguese Azores islands, whip­ping up 75mph winds and grow­ing stronger. But weather fore­cast­ers ex­pect colder wa­ters around the UK will dull its strength.

Met Of­fice fore­caster Alex Burkhill said: “Ophe­lia be­came a hur­ri­cane overnight and the fore­cast track takes it east­wards to­wards Ibe­ria for the week­end.

“Af­ter that, in­di­ca­tions are that by that point it will have weak­ened and be no longer a hur­ri­cane or trop­i­cal storm – it will be ex­tra­t­rop­i­cal.

“But then it will con­tinue its way to­wards the Bri­tish Isles, prob­a­bly reach­ing us very early next week.”

He added: “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 to be 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.

WARM Tem­per­a­tures will rise

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