Wind & Rain Arriving

Issued: 16th November 2010 08:53

Wind & Rain Arriving

Well, it couldn't last could it? A couple of days of generally fine, albeit chilly weather will come to an end over the next 24 hours as another Atlantic system pushes rain and wind in from the West. The winds won't be as severe as we saw at the tail end of last week, but they'll still be packing a punch through Ireland, up the Irish channel and later across Scotland and Northern England. Gusts of up to 70mph are possible on exposed coasts, starting in Western Ireland during this afternoon and then moving towards the West of Britain overnight before migrating across Scotland tomorrow and the North of England tomorrow. The rain band will also arrive into Ireland during the latter part of the afternoon today, and will slowly edge eastward overnight, reaching the western half of the British mainland by morning and then continuing to slide east through the remainder of the day. The heaviest downpours will be in the south and west of the country with around 50mm possible over the high ground of Southwest England and Wales in particular. Elsewhere in the west 15-40mm is more likely, with the rain losing some of it's intensity further east. Following the main rain band will be some sharp, blustery showers and they'll continue into Thursday and Friday as well. Looking toward the weekend, a low pressure system is likely to run close by to the south of the country, so expect rain at times - heaviest and most persistent in the south with a brisk easterly wind likely to get going too. Further ahead into next week, perhaps turning much colder with the first real cold snap of the season a possibility...

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