Thundery weather with widespread heavy showers and strong gusty winds are ongoing nationwide – but Met Eireann has said that the weather will improve as the night approaches.
“The very worst is occurring at the moment and perhaps over the next few hours,” said forecaster Vincent O’Shea. “But things will get better as the day moves on.”
Met Eireann issued an orange weather warning earlier today, a caution released by the national forecaster when winds as high as 110 -130 kph are expected.
But Mr O’Shea said that this warning is “not warranted for a lot of areas” and coastal regions have been the worst hit by the gales.
“Some areas of the country have suffered very strong winds today. Areas such as Cork and Kerry have experienced gusts of up to 55 knots or 100kph,” he said.
“The widespread showers could still remain quite heavy yet, as the night approaches, winds will die out or die down at the very least.”
Nonetheless, today’s thunderstorms and gales have led to warnings from AA Roadwatch who have advised motorists to reduce their speed while travelling today.
High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable on open or exposed roads, according to the AA, who have also asked motorist to watch out for fallen debris.
Overnight, the rain is also expected to ease off in most areas across the country, according to Mr O’Shea, but this will only last “for the short term”.
“There will be a bit of a reprieve from the wet weather tomorrow. But I’m afraid the weather is to stay inclement for the next week.”
“It will most likely rain every day next week – not torrential, but it will rain. It will also be a very windy week,” said the forecaster.
However, while tomorrow will be mainly dry, temperatures are set to plummet to as low as 0 and -1 and road users have been urged to exercise extreme caution as frost is likely.
The dangers of frosty roads and footpaths and the risk of encountering black ice – especially on sheltered and isolated rural roads – has prompted a warning from the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
Yet, tomorrow’s icy temperatures will be the exception as a week of “mild wet and windy” weather is predicted, said Met Eireann’s Mr O Shea.
“I wouldn’t expect ice to be a widespread feature. Ground temperatures are still quite mild inherently so this should prevent the build up of any ice,” he adds.