Another Blast of Wind for the UK, Northern Europe Into Sunday

By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
January 12, 2015, 1:58:07 AM EST

A fast-moving but potent storm system will usher howling winds from the United Kingdom and Ireland eastward across southern Scandinavia and northern Europe on Sunday.

This is coming in the wake of another storm that brought strong wind gusts across similar regions during the end of the week.

By Sunday, this second storm will usher the threat for powerful winds to areas from Denmark into the southern Balkans. Despite the core of the strongest wind shifts to the east, the United Kingdom and Ireland will continue to see a gusty wind throughout the day.


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Wind gusts over 55 kph (35 mph) will be common across northern Europe during the rest of the weekend. The highest wind and greatest potential for damage will be along the coast of the southern Baltic Sea and into northern Denmark where gusts will approach and even top 100 kph (60 mph) in some places.

In southern England, including London, wind gusts will only be a around 50-65 kph (30-40 mph). Likely not high enough to bring significant impacts, but rather inconvenience those with outdoor plans.

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Scotland will be the most likely area in the United Kingdom to see significant impacts from the wind as coastal areas could see gusts near 100 kph (60 mph). This could lead to further travel delays as train service will be impacted.

Flights across much of northern Europe could be delays as strong winds impacting several major airports across the region.

Strong crosswinds will also produce dangerous travel conditions for automobiles, especially lorries and other large trucks.

There will be no break in the wind across northern Europe as one area of low pressure swings past Scotland on Monday bringing more high winds to northern Britain. A larger, more significant storm could affect Ireland and the United Kingdom during the middle of the week.

Contributions by Meteorologist Adam Douty

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