Edouard to end journey through Atlantic by spreading rain, wind across Ireland and UK
At least 50 people are believed to have been killed after heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides in Kumamoto, Japan, over several days spanning July 4 to 6.
Edouard is racing across the northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to prolong the wet and cooler conditions already in place across Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Showers are expected to dampen the area on Wednesday as one storm moves away from the area and Edouard quickly approaches.
Edouard will cross the British Isles from Wednesday night into Thursday.
"Edouard is embedded within a strong southwest to northeast oriented steering flow that will continue to take the storm into very strong vertical wind shear and over much colder water," stated AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. "These hostile environmental conditions [caused] the tropical storm to transition into a non-tropical storm early in the week."
Although once a tropical storm, this much weaker version of Edouard is not expected to bring significant impacts across Great Britain.
Areas of rain from Edouard are forecast to arrive across Ireland through Wednesday afternoon, then across Wales, England and southern Scotland Wednesday night into Thursday.
Edouard can also bring a brief period of gusty winds across England and Wales to the region into Thursday. Some gusts in exposed areas can reach 30-40 mph (48-64 km/h).
In Ireland, the capital city of Dublin, is forecast to receive a period of rain into Thursday morning. Although the heaviest rain is likely to remain north of London, the steadiest showers from Edouard will arrive Wednesday night and linger through Thursday night.
Areas that have the steadiest rain from Edouard can expect to receive 10-20 mm (0.40-0.78 of an inch) fall through Thursday.
The stormy weather comes at a time when both Ireland and the U.K. are both emerging from coronavirus lockdowns, resulting in more people heading outdoors to recently reopened bars, shops, workplaces and other public spaces.
As the wet pattern continues, areas of flash flooding will be possible, especially in areas that receive frequent downpours. Blustery winds can also bring down smaller tree branches.
The stormy pattern will also keep temperatures much lower across the region.
"It won't feel like summer this week with high temperatures generally a couple degrees below normal," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.
Normal high temperatures for the beginning of July range from 18 C (65 F) in Scotland to 21 C (70 F) in southern England.
By the end of the week, rain and wind from Edouard will begin to taper off as the system races off to the east into Scandinavia.
Aside from perhaps Scotland where showery spells may continue, a break from wet weather looks to move in just in time for the weekend. Should the high pressure trying to promote dry and more mild conditions hold its ground, these conditions may linger into at least Sunday or Monday.
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