A large area of high pressure has provided largely dry weather along with unseasonable warmth to the United Kingdom, Ireland and much of western Europe for the past 10 days.
This area of high pressure is going to move southwestward in the coming days allowing storm systems to target Ireland and the United Kingdom with rounds of showers and gusty winds this week.
The first storm system will deliver showers and gusty winds to all of the United Kingdom and Ireland on Tuesday.
People enjoy the good weather by the river Thames in London, Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
High pressure will briefly build back in from the south on Wednesday before yielding to another storm system on Thursday.
A powerful cold front will move from northwest to southeast across the region on Thursday, reaching London by the end of the day. Spells of rain will accompany the front along with strong winds in excess of 65 kph (40 mph).
Rainfall will generally average less than 12 mm (0.5 of an inch) from this storm, but much of the rain will fall within a couple of hours.
This front will bring an end to the recent unseasonable warmth. Temperatures will remain 3-6 degrees C (5-10 degrees F) above normal through Wednesday before falling in many areas Thursday as the front arrives.
Following the frontal passage days will feature lower temperatures along with a threat of showers from Friday through Sunday.