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Gusty Winds Start New Year for Northern Europe

A storm system approaching northern Europe on New Year's Day will leave a rainy and blustery start to 2015.

The heart of the storm will pass off to the north, moving through the Norwegian Sea. However, the front extending southward will pass through the northern tier of Europe.

The rain and slight cooldown behind this front will be typical of the storms normally seen across the United Kingdom and Scandinavia.

Rainfall totals for the most part are not expected to exceed 25 mm (0.75 inches). The only exception is the western coasts of Norway and Scotland, where rain totals could tally to as much as 50 mm (2 inches) in some places.

However, the wind filtering into the region will be noticeably gustier than a usual day.

Following the passage of the front, winds will be strongest Friday across the northern part of the United Kingdom. Scotland will see the majority of the higher winds, especially along the western and northwestern facing coasts where gusts can reach 90 km/h (55 mph).

The same is true for the western coasts of Denmark and Norway, including the city of Bergen, where wind gusts will likely exceed 75 km/h (45 mph).

Other city hubs further inland, like Edinburgh, Oslo and Hamburg will still be on the windy side. However, the majority of wind gusts will remain below 75 km/h (45 mph).

These winds are strong enough to cause damage across Scotland, southern Norway, southern Sweden, Denmark, northern Germany as well as some parts of Belgium and the Netherlands Friday.

It will take until later on Friday and Friday night for stronger winds to cross the Baltic Sea and reach northern Poland and coastal areas from Lithuania to Finland.

Winds are expected to subside across the United Kingdom Saturday morning. In some places from Norway and Denmark eastward, winds could continue to howl through the early part of the day on Saturday. However, damaging gusts are not expected to be a problem by late afternoon on Saturday as winds diminish.

Winds are expected to once again return to more typical speeds for the second half of the weekend Sunday. Sunday night however, another front could bring gusty winds back to the northern United Kingdom and Ireland.