Gales to ease but rainy start for 2012
STRONG winds and rain will continue to pummel the country today, although temperatures will remain mild for this time of year.
A storm depression tracking eastward over the Irish Sea brought strong and gale force winds with gusts of up to 130kmh to the north and northwest coast yesterday.
Met Eireann issued a storm warning and gardai appealed for road users to take extra care in the conditions.
Gusts of up 130kmh knocked down ESB powerlines in Letterkenny and Killybegs, Co Donegal yesterday afternoon, leaving several hundred residents without power for several hours.
Although the winds are expected to ease by this morning, it will still be very windy today with gusts of between 75-80kmh.
Again the north and northwest coast will bear the brunt of much of the stormy weather. Rain will start to push in overnight and will become widespread by this morning.
Temperatures will rise slightly to between 7C and 10C during the day and down to between 3C and 6C overnight tonight, according to Met Eireann.
Tomorrow will be even warmer still with highs of between 9C and 10C.
However, it will be mostly cloudy with fresh to strong southwesterly winds. But as the day progresses there will be clear spells, with some scattered showers overnight.
New Year's Eve is set to be fairly dry early in the evening with just the odd patch of drizzle but rain will push in from the Atlantic. Temperatures, however, will remain mild as we ring in the New Year, with lowest temperatures of between 6C and 9C.
But the first day of 2012 will be ushered in with heavy rain in the morning which will turn to showers later in the day.