This Week's Weather: Batten Down the Hatches ({{commentsTotal}})

Source: Photo: EMHI

The storm that lashed Britain is now bearing down on our region, looking to be the first significant fall storm and packing "dangerously strong winds," according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Institute.

The storm will reach peak strength tonight around the Danish straits and south winds will increase on the Estonian islands before the storm tracks to Estonia's part of the Baltic Sea on Tuesday.

Around midnight at the start of Tuesday, the islands and western coast have a 90 percent chance of experiencing 76 kph winds with gusts of 108 kph and possibly higher, the weather service said. The north coast and Tallinn will also see winds in that range from the early hours on through mid-morning. The mainland will have the same chance of sustained 54 kph winds with gusts of 72 kph.

Storm surge is not expected to reach critical levels.

The storm should blow itself out by about noon on Tuesday. The rest of the week currently looks like a continuation of the slightly warmer than usual autumn weather, with daytime highs of 10-12 C and nighttime lows only a few degrees cooler, with a cooling trend taking place going into Thursday. 

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