Weather service downgrades severity of storm forecast

Waves during a storm (picture is illustrative).
Waves during a storm (picture is illustrative). Source: Margus Muld/ERR

Storms predicted for Saturday will not be as intense as previously forecast, the State Weather Service (Riigi ilmateenistus) says, although the situation remains uncertain and the public should keep an eye on forecasts.

The weather service forecast a storm Thursday afternoon, saying the west coast and islands would be hardest hit. No actual storm warning had been issued, though this remained a possibility before Saturday.

While gusts of up to 30 m/s were forecast initially, these are likely to be more like 20 m/s, with the strongest winds lasting around a couple of hours, accompanied by heavy rainfall.

The weather service has highlighted that the situation is unusually uncertain, however, with the development and trajectory of a low pressure area being hard to predict, so it recommends the public keep an eye on weather forecasts on Friday and Saturday, particularly in the west and islands and/or for those who plan on being outdoors.

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