Unsettled Weather for Europe This Week
April 29, 2013; 8:26 AM
A stormy pattern is expected to continue to bring poor weather to much of Europe early this week.
One storm, a slow-moving low over the Iberian Peninsula, will bring cool weather and substantial rainfall to southern Europe. The second storm, a deep low over the Norwegian Sea, will bring showers, but more importantly wind to the United Kingdom.
The larger storm system is the one over Spain, which will bring additional rain across southern Europe. Rainfall amounts over eastern Spain, southern France and the Alps will be quite heavy in places, with many locations seeing over an inch (25 mm) of rain through Wednesday.
This could be a major problem for the Alps as well, where warmth combined with rain should work to rapidly melt snow there, leading to an increase flooding risk.
Later this week, the storm will move northeast bringing unsettled weather to parts of central and eastern Europe, although no widespread flooding is expected in these areas.
The storm over the Norwegian Sea will continue to bring a wind threat to the northern UK and Ireland into Monday evening before winds decrease. The strongest winds are expected to impact western Scotland and northern Ireland, with gust as high as 50 mph (80 km/h).
Beyond the threat of wind damage, the storm is expected to bring rough seas into the North and Irish Sea.
The weather is expected to improve later Monday night into Tuesday before another fast-moving low pressure system brings another round of showers and gusty winds to Scotland Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night.
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