Wednesday 18 January 2017

Gardai issue weather warning amid heavy rainfall in west

Published 13/09/2015 | 13:03

A day of heavy rain left many roads in Co Clare flooded including this section of the Lahinch to Doolin route near the Cliffs of Moher. Unsuspecting motorists had to drive through floods in several areas. Photo Press 22
A day of heavy rain left many roads in Co Clare flooded including this section of the Lahinch to Doolin route near the Cliffs of Moher. Unsuspecting motorists had to drive through floods in several areas. Photo Press 22

Let's hope you made the most of yesterday's sunshine as the torrential rain is back.

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An orange alert has been back in place by the national forecaster as spot flooding is expected again in a number of counties nationwide.

Rainfall of 50-70mm is forecast for the south west of the country, namely Kerry, and this alert is in force until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Limerick have been issued with a yellow warning as 30-50mm worth of rainfall is possible in these areas.

"We can expected heavy rain and thundery downpours with the possibility of localised flooding, particularly in the west and south west," Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack said.

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Tonight, gardai issued a weather warning for the Clifden and Cleggan areas of Co Galway

"Gardaí in Clifden, Co Galway are warning motorists to only travel in exceptional circumstances tonight due to extremely heavy rainfall. A number of roads have been closed in the Clifden and Cleggan areas," a spokesman said.

"Road diversions are in place."

The north and north east of the country may escape the worst of the wet weather, elsewhere the rain is set to fall steadily for the next few days.

"While the rains will become less heavy as we move into Monday and Tuesday, scattered showers will still fall nationwide."

And the umbrella might not cut it if you are brave enough to step outside as the winds show no sign of letting up either.

"We can expect quite strong southeast to east winds today, and northwesterly breezes will develop later off the west and southwest coasts," she said.

Quite cool temperatures will have you pulling the woolies back out too, with temperatures of 13-16 degrees dropping at low as 8 degrees later tonight.

AA Roadwatch have advised motorists to reduce speed, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and only drive through water if you know it's not too deep for your car.

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