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Major Storm to Hit the UK and Ireland Sunday

The very active weather pattern that has prevailed across the United Kingdom and Ireland this month will continue right through the weekend.

The weekend will conclude with a major storm capable of producing flooding rainfall and widespread damaging winds.

A rapidly strengthening low pressure system will reach Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland by Sunday morning before blasting across the rest of the United Kingdom by Sunday evening.

Ahead of and during the frontal passage, winds of 50-65 kph (30-40 mph) are expected with gusts over 95 kph (60 mph). Isolated wind gusts over 120 kph (75 mph) will be possible. These winds are expected during a six- to eight-hour time period which could lead to power outages and some structural damage.

Rainfall will also be heavy for time which can produce localized flooding, especially since most areas already have a saturated ground. Rainfall amounts will generally average 12-25 mm (0.50-1.00 inch)

By Sunday night, the front will blast through France, Belgium, the Netherlands and western Germany.

Rainfall is not expected to be as heavy for these areas, but there can still be a few wind gusts over 80 kph (50 mph) during the frontal passage.

The area of low pressure will move southward across Ireland and the United Kingdom early next week leading to more unsettled weather with showers, gusty winds and snow in the higher terrain.