More Rain, Gusty Winds for UK and Ireland This Weekend

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
February 21, 2014; 5:06 AM
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Following a brief break in the stormy weather, another storm brought strong winds and downpours to Ireland and England on Thursday with more stormy weather ahead this weekend.

Rainfall was generally less than 0.50 of an inch (12 mm) from the storm; meanwhile, wind gusts of 30-40 mph (50-65 kph) were common across the entire region.

As a result of the storm, the threat of flooding will continue across the region as some river levels continue to rise.

Another batch of rainfall will push into the region this weekend. Gusty winds will once again accompany the wet weather. Dublin may be in the zone of strongest winds with gusts near 50 mph (80 kph) Saturday night into Sunday.

This stormy pattern will persist into next week when several more storm systems will bring additional rounds of rainfall to Ireland and the United Kingdom. A storm Monday night into Tuesday can bring strong winds once again.

The flooding in parts of the United Kingdom is so severe that even a few showers could bring additional flooding problems. The worst of the flooding is currently focused over central and southern England and Wales.

A man pushes a boat onto a flooded road at Runnymede, England, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London, with Runnymede being about 20 miles (32 km) east of central London. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Significant rainfall dating back to December has contributed to significant flooding in parts of the United Kingdom. This flooding has caused many problems, including lack of garbage removal due to the flood waters and increased rat populations in some of the hardest hit areas.

In February alone, more than 3 inches (75 mm) of rain has fallen in London, or roughly 160 percent of normal rainfall for the entire month of February. This, combined with the rainfall in January, has amounted near 300 percent of normal rainfall for 2014 so far, or 9.3 inches (236 mm).

This flooding has come as storm after storm brought strong winds to Ireland and the United Kingdom. A pair of strong wind storms last week brought wind gusts in London and Dublin of over 50 mph and wind gusts to over hurricane force in Wales, southwest England and parts of Ireland.

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United Kingdom Weather Center
United Kingdom Interactive Radar

While wind damage has been a concern for many, more rain fell in Bristol, England, where flooding remains a high threat. Nearly 16 inches (406 mm) of rain has fallen since the start of 2014. For perspective, the normal average yearly rainfall is 33 inches (840 cm); this is just shy of 50 percent of their normal rainfall for the entire year.

Unfortunately, not much relief is in sight through March according Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak. "Wetter-than-normal conditions are expected through much of March as the stormy weather pattern persists leading to continued flooding problems," Wanenchak stated. Meteorologists Dan DePodwin and Alan Reppert contributed to this story


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