Wind and rain to come later this week


After a generally dry and fine start to the week, rainy and windy weather is forecast.

A low pressure system that was responsible for some of the weekend’s choppy weather is now in the North Sea, leaving some showers behind for eastern coastal areas on Monday and Tuesday. Elsewhere, a mix of cloud and sunny spells is the main theme at the start of the week, with the only other showers likely to appear near the south coast early on Tuesday.

Uncertain time ahead

From Tuesday evening a more concerted change is on the way, with the arrival of a low pressure system in the west which will first bring showers to the south west and Northern Ireland late Tuesday and Wednesday morning .

This low pressure will continue to move slowly east across the UK on Wednesday and brings the risk of a few slow thundery showers to northern parts of the UK, although the precise positioning is still being determined.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Adam Thornhill said: “Wednesday’s low pressure will bring showers to most parts of the UK, but the heaviest and slowest showers are expected in parts of the UK. north, including Northern Ireland, with an associated risk of thunder. and lightning. Although precipitation amounts are still subject to some uncertainty, it is possible that some northern areas will receive more than 20mm of rain in a 3 hour period.

“It will mostly break up later in the day on Wednesday, leaving only a few showers late in the evening.”

The volatile theme is set to continue later in the week as the remnants of ex-Tropical Storm Alex, which has brought heavy rain to South Florida in recent days, heads north-west into the UK from the Atlantic and will bring with them strong winds and rain, although to a much lesser extent than in America.

Adam continued: “By the time ex-Tropical Storm Alex approaches UK shores, it will have transformed into a mature Atlantic depression. Although it has lost much of its strength, it will bring unusually strong winds across the UK – particularly to the North West on Thursday and Friday.

“The path of the old storm currently appears to be brushing the far north-west of the UK on Thursday and Friday and, although details are still being worked out, winds could be around 45 mph for the most part. in the north of the UK, with a chance of a few gusts above 55 mph in some north-west exposed islands and coastal areas.

Although much will depend on the positioning of ex-Tropical Storm Alex late Friday, weather through the weekend looks to be a mix of sunshine and showers – which could be heaviest in the northwest – with windy conditions likely to persist in the far north.

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