Dublin weather: Hurricane Ophelia descends on the capital to unleash devastating storms

Dramatic satellite footage shows how Hurricane Ophelia is heading straight for Ireland bringing fierce winds and rain.

The remnants of Hurricane Ophelia are set to batter Dublin with storm-force winds and heavy downpours.

A Status Yellow weather warning in place for "storm-force winds, outbreaks of heavy rain, and very high seas" until Tuesday as the tropical storm is on course for a direct hit on Ireland.

A terrifying video shows how Ophelia, the 10th consecutive Atlantic named storm to become a hurricane in 2017, will travel 'very quickly' northwards on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Met Eireann said: "A combination of a vigorous Atlantic weather system and the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia will pass close to Ireland on Monday, and has the potential to be a high-impact event in parts of the country.

"There is a lot of uncertainty as to the exact evolution and movement of this weather system during the coming four days, but storm-force winds, outbreaks of heavy rain, and very high seas are threatened.

"Met Éireann will maintain a close watch on the evolution and issue further advisories and warnings as these are warranted."

Currently drifting around the Atlantic Ocean, the moving weather map shows it could hit as soon as just after the weekend.

It will move past Portugal and towards Ireland in the next few days, with the latest update predicting the storm will reach these shores on Monday.

But the speed of movement shown in the footage demonstrates it will still hold a lot of rain and wind, experts have said.

Ahead of Ophelia, footage shows warm weather will hit the country on Saturday and Sunday.

Met Eireann say the mercury could hit 20C in places - nine degrees above normal.

Due to a separate band of low pressure, unsettled weather is expected going into Tuesday, and conditions will remain changeable throughout the rest of the week.

Dublin is experiencing unusually high temperatures due to the storm, with temperatures reaching as high as 19C today.

But persistent rain will arrive in the afternoon and evening, with through winds throughout the day.

A Met Eireann spokesman told Dublin Live: "Today will be mostly cloudy, but the morning will be mostly dry, apart possibly from some patchy rain and drizzle.

"More persistent rain will develop during the afternoon and evening. Misty in places, with hill and coastal fog.

"Very mild and humid. Maximum temperatures 18 or 19 Celsius, with fresh south to southwest winds in the morning, veering southwesterly in direction and moderating during the day."

Tonight will be mostly cloudy and misty, with further patches of rain and drizzle, but dry spells also.

It will remain very mild and humid, with hill and coastal fog persisting.

Minimum temperatures 13 or 14 Celsius, in mostly moderate southwesterly winds.

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