Chilly, Windy and Wet for the UK and Ireland

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
May 12, 2013; 3:05 PM
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Play video The video above details the weather across Europe for the next couple of days.

A stretch of unpleasant weather began across the U.K. and Ireland on Wednesday and is expected to continue into next week.

A series of fast-moving low pressure systems will bring re-enforcing shots of chilly air, along with strong winds and spells of rain.

High temperatures on Saturday will be 8-11 (C, 46-52F) across northern England, Ireland and Scotland. Temperatures will reach 10-13 (C, 50-56 F) across Wales and southern England.

The first blast of chilly air penetrated the United Kingdom as temperatures in most places on Wednesday were around 5 degrees (C, 10 degrees F) colder than previous days.

Low pressure spinning near Ireland on Thursday brought rainfall to much of the United Kingdom. This rain tapered to showers on Thursday night.

Satellite image from NASA showing the large low pressure spinning just off the coast of Ireland on Thursday.

Strong winds, in excess of 40 mph at times, occurred from Ireland into Wales and England from this storm on Thursday. Winds diminished Thursday night into Friday but still remained gusty at times.

A reenforcing shot of chilly air will arrive on Saturday as spells of rain fall across the United Kingdom. Gusty winds will make it feel even colder yet as gusts reach 30 mph in most areas.

High temperatures on Saturday will be 8-11 (C, 46-52F) across northern England, Ireland and Scotland. Temperatures will reach 10-13 (C, 50-56 F) across Wales and southern England.

Another frontal boundary will bring showers to northern Ireland, northern England and Scotland on Sunday. Dry weather will prevail elsewhere in the United Kingdom with slightly milder temperatures.

Yet another storm system will drop across Ireland and the United Kingdom during the first half of next week. This will lead to below-normal temperatures for all areas while keeping the threat of daily rainfall in the forecast as well.

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