Ophelia becomes 10th straight Atlantic hurricane, marking busiest season since 1983

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At this time in the hurricane season, conditions usually begin to become unfavorable for storms to develop, but some meteorologists are saying this year is different because of warm temperatures.

The Met Office: "Ophelia will no longer be a hurricane, but will most likely still be a detailed low pressure system bringing strong winds across Northern Ireland and western parts of the United Kingdom".

Gusts of up to 70mph and wet weather could batter Britain's shores as Hurricane Ophelia crosses the Atlantic Ocean in the coming days, despite other parts of the country basking in the heatwave approaching from Spain this weekend.

The Category 1 storm now poses no threat to land, forecasters said, and no watches or warnings have been issued.

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The US National Hurricane Centre has warned it could strengthen over the next day or so.

Hurricane-force winds extend out 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend out 70 miles.

Hurricane Ophelia is expected to move towards Europe in the days ahead, Silverang said.

The storm caused damage estimated at £1billion and claimed 18 lives.

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2005 remains the most active hurricane season ever in the Atlantic with 15 hurricanes and 28 named storms.

In contrast the east of England could see much nicer weather, with temperatures skyrocketing as the system arrives from the tropics.

The unsettled weather looks likely to continue into Tuesday due to a separate band of low pressure, and will remain changeable throughout the rest of the week.

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