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Twin Storms Bring Poor Weather to Europe This Week

A stormy pattern is expected to continue to bring poor weather to much of Europe early this week.

Two storms, the first 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 more impressive system is the one over Spain, which will bring heavy rain across southern Europe. Rainfall amounts over southeastern Spain, southern France, and the Alps will be quite heavy in places, with many locations seeing over an inch and a half (3.8 cm) of rain.

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.

The storm over the Norwegian Sea will bring a significant wind threat to the northern UK and Ireland. The strongest winds are expected to impact western Scotland and northern Ireland, with gust as high as 50 mph (80 kph) with considerable sustained winds as well.

Beyond the obvious threat for wind damage, the storm is expected to bring rough seas into the North and Irish Sea.

While the storm over the continent is expected to stick around all week, some improvement will come to the UK and Ireland midweek. At the end of the week however another storm will bring more wind and rain to the region.