Sunday 25 June 2017

Goodbye wind, hello rain - Met Eireann issues another yellow weather alert

Storm Barney responsible for autumn's highest gusts, according to latest reports from national forecaster

A woman gets caught in heavy rain in stormy conditions in Dublin city centre
A woman gets caught in heavy rain in stormy conditions in Dublin city centre
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

The umbrellas can be pulled out again now that the wind warning has ended - and it looks like we'll need them.

Met Eireann has issued a yellow rain warning this morning as the torrential downpours make a grand return.

Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, east Cork and south Tipperary are the areas that are most affected as rainfall amounts of up to 35mm are forecast.

The alert will come into effect at midnight tonight and will remain in place until 9pm tomorrow night. 

The warning comes amid the release of the seasonal weather summary from the national forecaster.

September 11 was the wettest day in autumn - recorded in Newport, Co Mayo - the area's wettest day for the season since 1968.

The wettest area was in the Midlands during November, where over 200pc of the normal rainfall was reported.

Storm Barney can be held responsible for autumn's highest gust and highest 10-minute wind speed, which were both reported on November 17.

Shannon Airport recorded the highest gust at 69 knots (128km/hr), its highest since 1984, and Mace Head recorded its highest 10-minute wind speed of 53 knots (89 km/hr) for autumn since the station opened in 2007.

Temperatures for the last three months have been milder than average, according to the figures reported by most stations.

Nonetheless, over 50pc of the weather stations countrywide recording the lowest seasonal maximum temperatures in six or seven years.

Phoenix Park station, for example, reported a maximum of 18.9C - the lowest for autumn in 73 years.

Meanwhile, Mayo's Belmullet recorded the most sunshine in a day for the season, with 12.6 days of glorious rays. 

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