Ex-hurricane Ophelia to bring summer temperatures to Suffolk and Essex on Monday

East Anglia could see record temperatures on Monday as ex-hurricane Ophelia hits the UK. Picture: PA

East Anglia could see record temperatures on Monday as ex-hurricane Ophelia hits the UK. Picture: PARRISH COLEMAN - Credit: citizenside.com

Ex-hurricane Ophelia is heading towards the UK - and is expected to bring in near summer temperatures to East Anglia on Monday.

At the moment Ophelia is a category one hurricane drifting around the east Atlantic but is soon set to head north, hitting western parts of the UK early next week, 30 years to the day since the Great Storm of 1987.

The weather front is expected to hit Ireland and the west of the UK on Monday, bringing with it gusts of up to 70mph.

However, the east of England will miss out on the blustery weather.

Far from bringing rain and storms, the warm air at the heart of the ex-hurricane could see temperatures soar to 25C (77F) in Suffolk and Essex.

Dan Holley, forecaster at Weatherquest, said: “By Saturday we could se temperatures of 21 to 22C (69.8 to 71.6F).

“Then by Monday it could be as high as 25C (77F).

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“It could produce quite a lot of cloud though so it may not be sunny but you will feel the humid air.

“At this time of year we are usually looking at 14 or 15C (57.2 or 59F) so to be near 25C (77F) is really something.

“But we are still four days away and these things can be a bit uncertain.”

Mr Holley said hurricane Ophelia would soon be an ex-hurricane as the storm front pulls in colder air when it heads north.

As the centre of the storm front cools down it loses the potential for thunderstorms, making them an ex-hurricane, although they often maintain their high windspeeds.

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