Rina to bring rain and wind to Ireland and UK into early Saturday
Rina will bring a bout of rain and gusty winds to Ireland and the southern United Kingdom to start this weekend but will stop short of being a repeat of Ophelia's damaging blow.
The combination of Rina interacting with a cold front and moving over the cooler waters of the northern Atlantic Ocean has caused the former tropical storm to lose its tropical characteristics.
However, that will not stop Rina from sweeping across Ireland and the southern U.K. with rain and gusty winds from later Friday to early Saturday.
Rainfall pushing into Ireland and Northern Ireland on Friday afternoon and evening will spread to Wales and a large part of England on Friday night.
"The heaviest rain is expected to target Ireland, western Wales and South West England," AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said. "There can be localised rainfall in excess of 25 mm (an inch), which may lead to isolated flooding and slower travel."
The western slopes of the hills would be most susceptible to the highest rainfall totals.
Gusty winds will also accompany Rina across the British Isles. While sporadic power cuts, minor travel disruptions and downed tree branches may result, Rina's winds will pale in comparison to the damaging winds Ophelia produced in mid-October.
Wind gusts of 40-50 mph (65-80 km/h) are expected across Ireland, Wales and southwestern England with the strongest winds whipping coastal and exposed areas.
These gusty winds will bypass London to the west.
The winds will churn up rough seas off the coast of Ireland and over the Celtic and Irish seas and the English Channel from later Friday into Saturday. Minor coastal flooding may occur at high tide.
It will take until Saturday morning for Rina's rain to clear London and southeastern England. However, additional rain from another depression will continue to stream across Ireland, Wales and South West England during the day.
Shoppers and anyone else heading outdoors will need to carry along a brolly.
A brisk wind will follow the rain across all of the British Isles to end the weekend with blustery showers dampening parts of the U.K.
These showers will be wintry on the hills of the northern U.K. with some disruption to travel possible.
Sunday is expected to be the coldest day of the weekend. Highs will range from 4-8 C (39-47 F) across the northern U.K. to 7-11 C (44-52 F) in the southern U.K. and Ireland. The winds will create even lower AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures.
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