WED 4 DEC: UK & IRELAND REGIONAL FORECAST

Written by on December 4, 2013 in United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments

Scotland

WARNING: POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING GUSTS OF WIND THURSDAY WITH 80 MPH GUSTS POSSIBLE THROUGH THE CENTRAL LOWLANDS

This afternoon’s bright but brisk appearance is the calm before the storm and the storm itself arrives overnight tonight, making it’s presence felt most probably around mid morning Thursday. Tonight will see rain push in from the Atlantic with westerly winds strengthening to gale-force then severe gale-force by dawn. Overnight lows 1-3C.

How strong could the winds be? Top gusts of 90 mph gusts are expected over the Outer Hebrides and Northern Isles as well as Northwest and North Coast, 80 mph along the West Coast and through the Central Lowlands, 75 mph in the South but over hills, we could see 100+ mph gusts, especially over the Cairngorms.

After initial rain, sleet and snow, winds veer NW and as they do so, expect temperatures to drop along with snow levels, perhaps getting down to sea level tomorrow evening. Highs 3-5C.

It’s a cold day Friday with NW winds easing, frequent wintry showers, highs -1 to 2C.

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England

WARNING: POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING GUSTS OF WIND ACROSS THE NORTH OF ENGLAND DURING THURSDAY WITH GUSTS OF 65-75 MPH

While Southern England turns chilly with a frost forming under clear skies, winds increase across the North and eventually rain pushes in. Lows range from -2C in south-central parts to 4C in the cloudier, breezier North. By dawn Thursday winds are already touching gale-force with a cold rain, possibly fall as snow over the Cumbrian Fells. Through the morning winds really pick up with gusts widely touching 60 to 70 mph, higher on exposed coasts and hills. These powerful winds transfer south through the morning and likely will peak around noon with gusts potentially clocking 80 mph over the Pennines. Though not as strong, wind and rain eventually reach the South later in the day. Highs range from 4 in the North to 9C in the South.

Snow is possible over Northern England and not just over higher ground later in the day as colder air works south.

Friday is cold, turning less windy, frequent showers, some wintry, highs 1-6C.

 

Wales

After a pleasant early winter’s day, it turns wet and windy tonight as a storm system pushes down from the north. Winds by dawn Thursday should already be touching gale-force in the North and along the West Coast but through the day those winds pick up further with gusts expected to top 60-70 mph. Rain sinks south through the day, turning wintry over the hills. Lows tonight 0 to 5C, highs tomorrow 5-9C.

Winds slacken Friday but it will be cold, although sunny, highs 3-5C.

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Northern Ireland

WARNING: POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGING GUSTS OF WIND ACROSS THE NORTH OF NI THURSDAY WITH GUSTS OF 75 MPH POSSIBLE

It’s a decent start to what has been a decent across Ulster but conditions go down hill tonight as rain pushes in from the north and most noticeable will be the increase in wind. Lows tonight 2-3C.

By dawn Thursday, most will waken to a very windy start and those winds will continue to pick up through the morning, potentially touching 70 or 75 mph along the North Coast, elsewhere, 50 mph widely. A band of rain quickly transfers south and it turns considerably colder with snow showers possible.

Winds ease and it’s bright Friday but it’s cold with highs of only 2-4C.

Ireland

It turns wet and windy overnight tonight across the North all thanks to a deep low crossing north of Scotland. Clear, cold and frosty in the South where winds aren’t a factor. Lows tonight range from 0C in the clear, calm South to 4 or 5C in the increasingly wet and windy North and Northwest.

By dawn Thursday winds really pick up while rain pushes south. Through the afternoon, the wind and rain drifts down through the Midlands and eventually it reaches the South while turning colder in the North with snow showers possible as winds veer NW.

Drier, brighter, less windy but colder Friday, highs 3-6C.

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