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Storm Abigail to Deliver Rain and Wind to UK and Ireland

The first named storm of the season will bring wind, rain and travel delays to parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom from Thursday into Friday.

Ahead of this storm, there will be gusty showers across Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and northern England on Wednesday.

Even with showers in the forecast, abnormal warmth will continue across Ireland, England and Wales with high temperatures ranging from 12-16 C (53-60 F).

On Thursday, Abigail will track just north and west of Ireland and Scotland unleashing a soaking rain and howling winds of the region from late morning through the afternoon.

The heaviest rainfall and strongest winds will be focused from northern Ireland through Scotland. Wind gusts over 85 km/h (50 mph) are expected in these areas with wind gusts of 95-115 km/h (60-70 mph) possible over northern and western Scotland, as well as Orkney and Shetland.

Northern England and Wales can expect isolated wind gusts to 85 km/h (50 mph) late Thursday afternoon into Thursday night before subsiding some on Friday.

Southern England will dodge the strongest winds; however, gusts of 50-65 km/h (30-40 mph) are still possible from Thursday afternoon into Friday.

These strong winds will cause travel delays, including air and rail travel. There can also be isolated power outages and tree damage.

Rainfall through Friday will be 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) from western Ireland to Western Scotland and also in northwest Wales and coastal northern England. Isolated amounts can approach 100 mm (4 inches) in western Scotland.

While flooding is not expected to be a widespread concern, isolated flooding is possible in the areas listed above.

Abigail will depart to the north by Friday; however, strong west to northwest winds will continue across all of the British Isles. Along with these winds, colder air will spread over the region lowering temperatures to normal levels.

Areas from the East Midlands through South East England will be largely dry while showers continue across the remainder of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In the longer range, Tropical Storm Kate in the Atlantic Ocean will interactive with a larger storm system and impact Ireland and the United Kingdom Sunday or Monday.