Thursday 17 April 2014

Enjoy the mild weather while you can – more storms to hit Ireland next week

Rough weather conditions in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin this afternoon. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/Collins
Rough weather conditions in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin. Pic STEPHEN COLLINS/Collins

Householders should enjoy today’s milder weather as more storms are on the way.

The damage of last week’s violent storms is still lingering in some places but the country will get a well-deserved break over the next few days.

Next week could see a return to a series of low-pressure systems that caused huge damage across the country during the first two weeks of February.

It is forecasting more Atlantic storms with heavy winds to hit Ireland and south-west Britain for the remainder of the month.

However, these storms are not expected to be as severe as those from storms Darwin and Christine.

While there is a risk of thundery showers, most areas will brighten up today with some heavy rain falling in from the west.

There will be some sunny spells at times too with longer drier spells, which will come as good news to homes trying to recover from flooding.

Many of the areas devastated following recent adverse weather conditions are still waterlogged.

Strong and gusty southerly winds will sweep towards the west this morning, easing a small bit, but staying rather breezy for the day.

Temperatures have increased slightly from chilly to cool, with afternoon temperatures ranging from six to eight degrees.

West to southwest winds will be mainly moderate in strength, giving the west a break from the Atlantic 'storm factory' weather system it saw last week.

It will turn cold, with lowest temperatures of one to four degrees, with the risk of some icy stretches in more sheltered regions. 

Tomorrow will be cool with showers, particularly in the northwest of the country – but the sun will remain..

Saturday is looking to be a bright and dry day – and this will certainly be the calm before the storm.

Conditions will change by Sunday – with dull, wet and windy conditions the order of the day, giving indications of turbulent times ahead.

Meanwhile, ESB Networks estimates that more than 99pc of customers who were left without power following storm Darwin now have their electricity restored. Fewer than 2,000 customers remained without power last night.

By Aishling Phelan

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