Friday 19 December 2014

Winds ease – but dreary conditions to continue

Aishling Phelan

Published 27/01/2014 | 10:33

Winds may have eased after yesterday’s stormy weather but the dismal and dreary conditions are set to continue for the week.

The band of heavy showers that has been moving across the country the past few days will continue today.

‘‘The worst of the winds has eased but it’s still going to be breezy and blustery over the coming days,’’ said Met Eireann forecaster Eoin Sherlock.

There will be wind speeds of up to 45 to 65 kph and up to 80 to 100 kph gusts hitting coastal areas.

The severe weather warnings from Met Eireann have been downgraded to a ‘Yellow’ warning after fears that conditions would worsen during yesterday’s turbulent weather.

‘‘The winds really hit their peak yesterday and it will begin to calm down over the next few days but it will still remain blustery and showery,’’ he said.

Blustery winds, heavy showers and thundery downpours will affect most parts of the country today.

‘‘We’ll see a gradual decrease in the wind, it won’t be as strong in the west coast, and we’re not expecting the bad weather we’ve seen in recent days,’’ he added.

Coastal areas took a heavy battering as winds of up to 130kph swept the country leaving some homes without power and causing hazardous driving conditions.

ESB crews worked yesterday to restore electricity with around 2,000 homes without power in pockets throughout the country.

Top temperatures today will reach 6 to 9 degrees with strong to gale force westerly winds

Motorists are being warned to exercise caution as there will be severe gusts in some areas.

Winds are set to ease tonight but temperatures will remain at a chilly 2 to 5 degrees.

Tomorrow winds will ease slightly but the heavy showers will continue with just a few sunny spells across the country.

It will be a little colder with top temperatures reaching 5 to 8 degrees.

Wednesday and Thursday look like they will experience the best weather this week, but it may be somewhat cooler and there may be frost.

Wednesday will see more blustery winds battering the coastline and midlands and it will be cloudy with scattered showers of rain, hail or sleet.

Keep the winter woollies at the ready on Wednesday night as widespread frost and icy patches will dominate most of the country, with temperatures hitting minus 4 degrees.

The wet weather will ease on Thursday making for a mainly dry day but it will cloud over that evening and outbreaks of rain will extend eastwards from the Atlantic.

Significant waves of 10 metres high were recorded yesterday in the north-west, west and south-west.

In Co Galway alone, more than 500 ESB customers were without electricity yesterday.

Parts of west Mayo were similarly hit as the high winds tore down power lines and left customers in the dark.

AA Roadwatch advised motorists to slow down and to be mindful of motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians and the strong possibility of debris on roads, especially less travelled routes.

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