Well after what was a dry, quiet Autumn and a relatively benign first half of December, things look to change with a vengeance later this week, as the Jetstream powers up to near maximum capacity and fires one weather system after another directly at the UK. The first of the rain associated with these deepening low pressure systems will arrive in N Ireland late Thursday evening, then spread rapidly east to affect all parts of the UK by the second half of Friday. Winds will also be a feature, with SW’erly gales and localised severe gales expected to batter some northern and especially northwestern areas.
After a brief respite and perhaps some wintry showers later Friday and early on Saturday, the next in the line of active weather systems will be showing it’s hand across N Ireland and W Scotland by noon. Rain will then quickly spread to all areas overnight and into Xmas morning, finally clearing the east coast in the early afternoon. The main feature however will again the wind, with severe gale or even storm force gusts likely for a time overnight and during Xmas Day. At this stage the worst affected areas look set to be Scotland, N Ireland and N England, where gusts of 60-80mph look possible widely and perhaps 90mph+ locally, but even in the south gales and localised severe gales cannot be ruled out.
Winds of this intensity are sufficient to cause damage to both trees and structures, making travel difficult at best and even potentially dangerous……so definitely one to keep a very close eye in the coming days.
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