Warm at the weekend, the Great Storm of 1987 and Hurricane Ophelia; there is a lot of weather to talk about

Hurricane Ophelia is the strongest October hurricane this far east in Atlantic since Ivan in 1980. Credit: NOAA

The change of season from summer to autumn happened really quickly this year.

However, a brief spell of warm warm is on the way but how long will it hang around for?

A push of relatively warm air for October is heading for the Anglia region this weekend. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The jet stream is a fast moving ribbon of air high up in the atmosphere. It is a boundary between warm and cold air and it helps to usher along low pressure systems.

At the moment the UK is positioned on the south side of the jet stream in the warmer air. The origin of the warm air over the next few days is quite far south in the Atlantic and you will notice it warming up more and more over the next few days.

The UK is positioned to the south of the jet stream in the warm air Credit: Met Office

Why is the air so warm and what has Hurricane Ophelia to do with this?

Hurricane Ophelia is currently in the south Atlantic. It is the strongest an October hurricane has been this far east in Atlantic since Ivan in 1980.

As the Hurricane tracks north, it will help to churn up warm and moist air towards the UK from Friday onwards for about 3 days.

Projected path of Hurricane Ophelia Credit: National Hurricane Warning Centre

You may have noticed that when the storm is to the southwest of Ireland there is a a letter 'H' on the storm.

However, the white circle signifies that by then the storm is expected to have lost its tropical characteristics by then but there may be hurricane strength winds. So to clarify it is not a hurricane at that point.

You may remember the Great Storm of 1987.

It hit the UK overnight on the 15th/16th of October, crossing southern England before crossing out into the North Sea.

It brought destruction across England with winds of over 100mph.

The expected location of Ophelia on Sunday.

Coincidentally, Hurricane Ophelia is expected to approach the UK around the same time but 30 years later! However, they are two very different storms and have formed in different ways.

By the time the remnants of Ophelia reach the UK, it will likely bring a windy spell of weather but no where near the expected strengths of the Great Storm.

Pumpkin patch on a sunny day Credit: Teresa Footman

What temperatures can we expect over the weekend?

That all depends on the amount of cloud that Ophelia throws up as it is moving northwards.

However, it looks like quite a few of us should have maximum temperatures in the low 20's! Not bad for October.

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