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The retired BBC forecaster famously told viewers not to worry hours before one of Britain's worst weather events in living memory, which left 18 people dead and caused around £1 billion of damage.

There’s lots of chatter from meteorologists online about how unusual this storm is.

Parks and beaches were swarming with people basking in the summer heat, with barbecues and 99 ice creams in great demand.

Many seasonal events and festivities taking place over the weekend got a welcome boost from the good weather.

It is currently blowing winds of up to 105mph, according to the National Hurricane Centre.

Weatherman Michael Fish, who in 1987 failed to predict one of the UK's most catastrophic cyclones, has said he would love to have a storm named after him.

Western Scotland is also set to receive winds up to 70mph, according to an NHC projection.

Tomorrow will bring another day of sun, with temperatures as high as 26C predicted for the south-east, although north-easterly winds will make the day slightly cooler as it progresses.

Galway was awash with colour on Sunday as hundreds of walkers and joggers were pelted by powdered paint at the Irish Cancer Society's NUI Galway Colour Dash.

A different colour of powder paint, representing different cancers and survivorship, was thrown at the sun drenched participants at each kilometre mark as they made their way to the 5K finish line.

Liz Walsh, forecaster for Met Éireann, says if the weather stays above 25C for another two days then it can be classed as an official heatwave.

"A heatwave is defined as five consecutive days where maximum temperatures stay or exceed 25C.

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