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    Warmth Coming to an End for UK and Ireland

    By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
    March 20, 2014; 5:59 AM ET
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    Play video The above video details the weather across Europe over the next few days.

    A large area of high pressure has provided largely dry weather along with unseasonable warmth to the United Kingdom, Ireland and much of western Europe for much of March.

    This area of high pressure moved southwestward allowing storm systems to target Ireland and the United Kingdom with rounds of showers and gusty winds.

    The first storm system brought showers and gusty winds to all of the United Kingdom and Ireland on Tuesday. Winds gusted to near 80 kph (50 mph) around Dublin at times in the early afternoon.

    People enjoy the good weather by the river Thames in London, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Another storm brought unsettled weather Thursday when a powerful cold front moved from northwest to southeast across the region, reaching London by the end of the day. Spells of rain will accompany the front along with strong winds in excess of 65 kph (40 mph).

    Rainfall will generally average less than 12 mm (0.5 of an inch) from this storm, but much of the rain will fall within a couple of hours.

    This front will bring an end to the recent unseasonable warmth.

    Following the frontal passage days will feature lower temperatures along with a threat of showers from Friday through Sunday.

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