Friday 21 October 2016

Batten down hatches as wet and windy weather on way

Published 09/11/2015 | 02:30

Umbrellas were no match for yesterday’s weather in the capital. Photos: Collins
Umbrellas were no match for yesterday’s weather in the capital. Photos: Collins
Pedestrians on the Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin. Photo: Collins
Members of the public brave the bad weather on Ormond Quay, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Katie Mae O’Sullivan (10) snaps the sunset from Dollymount, Dublin

Batten down the hatches and dig out the wet gear as wind, rain and flooding will create misery for the entire country this week.

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Forecasters warn a period of unsettled and windy weather is set to sweep across the country over the coming days.

And Met Éireann expects to issue further weather warnings as the week goes on.

A Yellow weather warning for wind remains in effect for many counties on the west coast - as 100km/h gales are battering some coastal areas.

Despite the miserable and unsettled weather, temperatures will remain mild for this time of the year, according to Met Éireann's Joan Blackburn.

"It's a very unsettled period of weather and we are likely to have strong winds at times, and there will be bands of heavy rain at times as well," the forecaster said.

This comes after a wild and windy Sunday, which saw a yellow warning remain in place for most of the day.

The yellow alert - the lowest on the three-tier, colour-coded scale - was put in place as southerly winds had average speeds of up to 50kmh yesterday morning.

This worsened during the day when northern coastal counties were battered by strong gusts of up to 90kmh.

While the wind will sweep across the entire island over the coming days, it will be the Atlantic coastal counties which will bear the brunt of the strong winds.

"There will be yellow wind warnings in operation at times over the next number of days, especially for south-western, western and northern counties," Ms Blackburn said yesterday.

"The Atlantic coastal counties will probably get the worst of the winds, particularly the west and the north-west."

However, the silver lining behind the dark clouds is that temperatures will remain milder than normal for this time of the year, and forecasters believe the mercury will reach highs of 15C.


These balmier conditions are caused by the jet stream which is currently "right down under us", Ms Blackburn said.

"It's milder than normal for the time of year and temperatures some days will be between 12C and 14C, and even up to 15C.

"The reason it's mild is that our winds are coming from a south-west direction. But they are bringing plenty of rain, they are strong.

"Really, over the next number of days, it is likely to be windy at times, there will be some warnings... There will be lulls and there will be periods of strong winds," she added.

Some areas should also prepare for the increased risk of localised flooding.

"With wet weather for five or six days, well then accumulatively you are probably going to end up with an increased risk of local flooding."

Irish Independent

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