Hurricane Ophelia forms in the Atlantic

Winds of over 120kph set to batter the country when Hurricane Ophelia reaches Ireland

Meanwhile Ophelia has strengthened into a hurricane in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Azores, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Ahead of the heavy wind and rain Hurricane Ophelia will bring with it, temperatures are set to reach 20 degrees over the weekend.

"It's unusual to see a hurricane system pass this far north", says Cathal. And while cooler northern waters mean Ophelia won't have the intensity of recent storms that have slammed the United States, it is still likely to pack hurricane-force winds.

THE MET Office has issued a weather warning as high speed winds are due next Monday, as ex-Hurricane Ophelia approaches the UK.

Ophelia is forecast to continue on a northeast to east path for the next few days.

While rare, it is not unprecedented to have post-tropical storms reach the British Isles.

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From here Ophelia will curl more northward and remain a strong storm near Ireland Monday or Monday night.

The storm will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987, which hit southern England on October 15 1987, costing an estimated £1 billion and claiming 18 lives.

The last time so many named storms in a row became hurricanes was in 1893, he said.

Western Britain will also likely be battered by gusts of between 60mph and 70mph.

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 U.K.'s Met Office has done the same.

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