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Storms, showery spells to mark Easter weekend in U.S., UK

Staff Writer | April 15, 2017
As summer warmth bakes the I-95 corridor, thunderstorms will press eastward across the Midwest and interior Northeast on Easter Sunday.
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Weather   The warmth could give the thunderstorms
The storms will erupt along a press of cool air that will slice into building warmth. Ahead of the storms, temperatures are projected to surge well into the 80s F.

The warmth could give the thunderstorms a boost in intensity. As a result, some of the storms may carry the risk of strong wind gusts, hail and torrential downpours. Sporadic power outages are possible.

"People preoccupied with church services, egg hunts and other outdoor gatherings should be prepared to take cover indoors as storms and downpours approach," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.

The greatest risk to people outdoors during a thunderstorm is from lightning strikes.

Motorists should also be prepared for changing conditions. The downpours and gusty winds can result in a sudden drop in visibility and a quick accumulation of water on the roads.

"The greatest risk to motorists will be for their vehicle to hydroplane during the downpours," Pydynowski said.

The storms are likely to affect the area from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to Chicago prior to sunrise and St. Louis and Detroit first thing in the morning Sunday.

The storm will push to the south and east as Sunday progresses.

Showery spells will continue to dampen the United Kingdom and threaten to spoil Easter festivities this bank holiday.

A moderate to fresh breeze ushering in cooler air at times will accompany the showers.

"Compared to last weekend, it will feel quite cold across the United Kingdom through Monday," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

The difference between the high on Palm Sunday and AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures this Easter Sunday in London will be 10-14 degrees Celsius (20-25 degrees Fahrenheit).

Following Friday's wet weather, additional blustery showers crossed Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern Wales and Northern England on Saturday. The south of Britain was largely dry, but breezy.

A depression will cause more showers to dive into the U.K. on Sunday as a gusty breeze blows from Northern Ireland to England.

There will be pockets of steadier rain, further putting a damper on the holiday in Northern Ireland, southwestern Scotland and northern England, including Belfast, Glasgow and Liverpool. Showers will be wintry in the Scottish Highlands.

The showers will advance southward to Wales and southern England on Sunday, but may hold off until the afternoon in Greater London and the southeast of England.