Published December 16, 2013
A pair of storm systems that passed north of the United Kingdom and Ireland this weekend are the beginning of a stormy weather pattern that will continue through at least Christmas.
The weekend storms caused spells of rain and gusty winds across Ireland and the United Kingdom, with the worst weather battering Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Attention now turns to the next round of storms that will bring more rain and wind to the entire region.
At least five more storms will impact the United Kingdom between now and Christmas, leading to travel headaches for many.
Tuesday night into Wednesday night, a pair of storm systems will blast Ireland and the United Kingdom with potentially damaging winds and heavy rainfall.
The worst of the storm will be Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night as winds over 80 kph (50 mph) affect Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France.
The strongest wind gusts can reach 130 kph (80 mph) leading to the threat for widespread power outages, downed trees and even the potential for structure damage in northern Ireland and northern parts of the United Kingdom.
Rainfall amounts across the region will average 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) with local amounts as high as 100 mm (4 inches) through Wednesday night.
A brief break from the stormy weather on Thursday, before another storm batters Ireland and the United Kingdom Friday with rain and wind.
By Sunday and Monday another round of stormy weather will arrive, followed by a storm just in time for Christmas.