Friday 9 December 2016

Nice while it lasted, now winter’s back as Met Eireann issues a gale warning

Georgina O'Halloran

Published 03/10/2011 | 05:00

Olivia and Patrick Costin from Mayfield brave the
rain at the Ceili Mor on Cork's Grand Parade yesterday
Olivia and Patrick Costin from Mayfield brave the rain at the Ceili Mor on Cork's Grand Parade yesterday
A kayaker battles through the floodwaters in Laragh, Co Wicklow

IT was great while it lasted but our short-lived Indian summer is over.

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While last week's balmy weather conditions and soaring temperatures had sun lovers in many parts of the country flocking to the beach to soak up the rays, the weekend's relentless rain put a bit of a dampener on things.

And this unsettled weather looks likely to continue, with rain, high winds and falling temperatures forecast for across the country over the coming days.

Met Eireann has issued a warning that southwest winds will reach gale force for a time today on coastal waters. On the bright side it will remain warm in Leinster and Munster, with temperatures ranging between 15C and 18C, while temperatures in Ulster and Connacht will range between 13C and 15C.

The weather will be dry tomorrow with scattered showers but cloud and more persistent rain and drizzle will spread from the southwest tomorrow night along with strengthening winds.

Met Eireann said that Wednesday looks set to be windy with a risk of gales along the coast.

And the wind is set to whip up even more on Thursday, with bright and sunny spells as well as heavy showers in many parts of the country.

Friday will remain cool with bright or sunny spells and fewer showers, and early indications from Met Eireann suggest next weekend will remain cool and unsettled.

Irish Independent

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