Cristobal set to hit Iceland

  • Cristobal off the Bahamas. Image; NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

    Hurricane location. Image; NHC

    Cristobal. Image; NASA/NOAA GOES Project

  • Cristobal set to hit Iceland
    30.08.2014 14:35

    Hurricane Cristobal, which originally started in the central tropical Atlantic and veered close to the Bahamas, tracked north-east over the last few days, driven along by the jet stream. The hurricane weakened to a depression as it tracked across cooler ocean water, with man winds speeds dropping below 74mph on 29th of August. The ex Hurricane now looks set to make landfall in Iceland on Sunday the 31st of August.

    The ex-hurricane will bring strong winds and heavy rain with torrential downpours to many areas. Iceland is certainly no stranger to adverse weather conditions with low pressure systems frequenting its shores on a regular basis. However, with over 40 to 70mm expected to fall in southern areas that lie in the path of the storm this looks set to be a particularly significant event. Reykavik could receive over 30 mm of rain within a 24 hour period on Sunday, just over half the city’s average August rainfall. Winds of up to 40mph are expected in the south, gusting up to 60mph.

    Here in the UK after the remnants of hurricane Bertha hit our shores a few weeks ago, we have been left in a cool westerly air flow, a characteristic flow of autumn. As a result temperatures have been slightly below average for August. However, things could soon change as Christobal passes to the north-west of the UK bringing in warmer air from southern latitudes.

    Although the ex-hurricane will not directly affect the UK, a rain bearing front trailing from the storm will move into north-western parts of the country on Sunday night. The rain will then spread across Britain on Monday. Some sunshine will develop behind the band of rain and it will feel warmer with temperatures returning to average for this time of year.

    The airlines may breathe a sigh of relief over the next few days as the south-westely flow will mean that if Volcano Bardabunga does erupt then ash will blow north-eastwards away from UK airspace.

    By: John Griffiths