We have been following an explosive development of a cyclone along the East Coast on Saturday, it has passed near Newfoundland and introduced an intense blizzard there. Now, the system is moving across the North Atlantic and expected to develop a favorable pattern for persisting rains into the UK and Ireland this week. This could enhance flooding potential in some areas. Most rain is expected across Wales, northern England and Scotland.


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NEW UPDATE: A deep low-pressure system brings gale-force winds across UK and Ireland on Thursday, followed by an Arctic outbreak into northern Europe on Friday

A deep low-pressure system brings gale-force winds across UK and Ireland on Thursday, followed by an Arctic outbreak into northern Europe on Friday



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This evening, the central pressure was around 977 mbar, while the system is located east of Newfoundland where the blizzard was ongoing since yesterday. Conditions are improving over the island. With the deepening of the upper trough, the surface cyclone is expected to intensify tonight into Monday morning, likely to push its central pressure below 970 mbar again. Here is the pressure data over the North Atlantic since system’s birth on Friday:

  • 977 mbar at 12 UTC, March 8th
  • 973 mbar at 06 UTC, March 8th
  • 970 mbar at 00 UTC, March 8th
  • 968 mbar at 18 UTC, March 7th
  • 964 mbar at 12 UTC, March 7th
  • 965 mbar at 06 UTC, March 7th
  • 973 mbar at 00 UTC, March 7th
  • 994 mbar at 18 UTC, March 6th
  • 1001 mbar at 12 UTC, March 6th
  • 1006 mbar at 06 UTC, March 6th

We can see this new system ejecting from the Northwest Atlantic is quite large, moving northeast. The core will turn northwest while occluding late tomorrow. The main wind field will spread towards western Europe. Notice also a smaller cyclone along the southeast tip of Greenland.

The overall pattern over Europe through the first days of the new week reveals a strengthening ridge from the Azores across the southern half of Europe. While to its north, deep trough again strengthens over the North Atlantic and push into western and northern Europe.

Here is the 12-hour sequence of peak winds and surface pressure from Monday until Wednesday morning. The cyclone continues northeast tomorrow while occluding towards Iceland on Monday’s night, turning northwest. Strong to severe winds spread into western Europe. The low near Greenland maintains its deep core. On Tuesday, both cores merge and start moving towards western Europe on Wednesday.

The persistent westerly flow will enhance orographic precipitation along the mountain ranges and lead to locally 120-150 mm of rainfall until Wednesday night. Especially across Wales, northern England and Scottish Highlands:

A deep low-pressure system brings gale-force winds across UK and Ireland on Thursday, followed by an Arctic outbreak into northern Europe on Friday


Please refer to the primary forecast for further mesoscale details on the event:

A large low-pressure system is dominating North Atlantic today, a broad wind field is gradually spreading high swell towards Ireland, UK, and France


A spectacular satellite presentation of a *bomb cyclone* along the East Coast today; now becoming large and moving towards Newfoundland


See also:

Explosive cyclogenesis along the US East Coast tonight – it will bring an intense windstorm and blizzard across the Newfoundland tomorrow night