70mph storm af­ter heat­wave

Daily Star - - News - By OLIVER PRITCHARD oliver.pritchard@dai­


BRI­TAIN is set to be bat­tered by a hur­ri­cane next week.

Hur­ri­cane Ophe­lia will bring 70mph gales and driv­ing rain.

It will reach the UK on Mon­day – hours af­ter the coun­try basks in a 25C heat­wave this week­end.

The trop­i­cal storm, named af­ter a char­ac­ter in Shake­speare’s Ham­let, was up­graded to a hur­ri­cane yes­ter­day and is set to strengthen over the com­ing days.

The Met Of­fice is warn­ing of dis­rup­tion as it hits Bri­tain – al­most 30 years to the day since the Great Storm of 1987, which killed 18 peo­ple.

The west of the coun­try will be worst hit, with winds of between 60-70mph.

Met Of­fice fore­caster Alex Burkhill said: “Ophe­lia be­came a hur­ri­cane overnight and the fore­cast track takes it east­wards to­wards Ibe­ria for the week­end. Then it will con­tinue its way to­wards the Bri­tish Isles, prob­a­bly reach­ing us very early next week.”

Mr Burkhill said the storm will have weak­ened so that it is no longer cat­e­gorised as a hur­ri­cane by the time it gets here.

But he added: “It’s def­i­nitely some­thing that we are keep­ing an eye on, for the pos­si­bil­ity of some dis­rup­tive weather early next week.”

The un­set­tled con­di­tions look likely to con­tinue through­out the rest of the week.

But first the coun­try will en­joy what is left of the In­dian sum­mer. Yes­ter­day book­ies Lad­brokes slashed the odds on tem­per­a­tures hit­ting 25C this week­end.

STORM PATH: Ophe­lia is head­ing here 30 years af­ter Great Storm

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