Windstorm ongoing over southwestern UK and Ireland and northwestern France – March 5, 2017

A strong windstorm is affecting the extreme southwestern parts of the British Isles and Ireland, as well as northwestern France today. Winds are gusting at well over 100 km/h, in response to a rapidly deepening secondary low, currently situated over the central part of the British Isles and Ireland. Current mean sea level pressure of the low at its center is 983 mbar.

Peak wind gusts by 11:21 UTC over France. Map: Meteociel.

Peak wind gusts by 10:50 UTC over the British Isles and Ireland. Map: Meteociel.

Peak wind gusts reported by 11:00 UTC are: Valentia Observatory (Ireland) 112 km/h, Sherkin Island (Ireland) 112 km/h, Bouee 62107 (just off the SW tip of UK) 119 km/h, Camborne (SW UK) 104 km/h, Bouee 62103 (W part of the English Channel) 100 km/h, Ile de Groix (France) 119 km/h, Ouessant (France) 112 km/h and Pointe du Raz (France) 122 km/h.

Peak winds are expected to shift eastwards in the afternoon, mostly affecting the southeastern UK, the western half of the English Channel and the extreme northwest of France (Brittany and Normandy). Expect peak wind gusts of up to 120-130 km/h in both SW UK and NW France.

Peak wind gusts forecast by ARPEGE model at 15:00 UTC/GMT (16h CET).

Peak wind gusts forecast by ARPEGE model at 15:00 UTC/GMT (16h CET).