Wind, Rain and Flooding to Start Week Across the UK and Ireland

By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
January 7, 2014; 4:44 AM ET
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A storm will continue to lash the U.K. and Ireland through Monday night with strong winds, rain and coastal flooding.

Huge waves, up to 8 meters (26 feet), have already begun to batter west- and southwest-facing coastal areas resulting in widespread coastal flooding. These large waves will persist through Monday night as flooding problems continue, especially around high tide.

Waves will remain unusually high on Tuesday but become smaller throughout the day.

Radar image from early Monday afternoon local time showing rainfall from the storm impacting the region.

Train services have been halted and delayed across Wales and England due to wind and coastal flooding, according to BBC News. A number of coastal roadways have also washed out, resulting in closure over Wales and southern England.

The highest wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph will be common across most of Ireland and England. The period of highest winds across Ireland will be through Monday afternoon, diminishing some at night. The strongest winds across England will continue through Monday night.

Strong winds and high tides batter the coastal road close to Newtownards, Northern Ireland, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Rainfall is not expected to be particularly heavy. However, heavy rainfall has been an issue across the U.K. recently. So, any rain that falls will be on saturated ground and could cause some local flooding problems.

Even though more showers are expected during the middle and end of the week, no large storm systems are expected to impact the region following the current storm.

This will be a welcome break from any extreme weather following a very stormy December and first week of January.

Meteorologist Dave Samuhel contributed to this story

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