Friday 23 August 2019

Nationwide weather warning upgraded as gusts of up to 130km/h forecast

Nationwide warning as winds expected to reach 130km/hr
Nationwide warning as winds expected to reach 130km/hr

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Met Eireann has issued a status orange wind warning for the entire country as gusts of up to 130km/h are expected today.

Popular tourist spot Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare were evacuated yesterday as winds at the beauty spot reached speeds of over 150 km/h.

Staff are trained to adhere to safety protocols to deal with severe weather conditions at the spectacular cliffs.

And yesterday, as winds from the Atlantic reached over 150km/h, management declared the site would be evacuated and all staff and visitors were asked to leave.

Today, forecasters have said that southwesterly winds will gust up to 60 to 80 km/h with gusts of 100 to 130km/h in coastal areas.

The status orange is the second highest warning alert category and indicates that conditions could “significantly impact” on people in affected areas.

An orange level marine gale warning has also been issued by Met Eireann.

It has forecast gales of force eight and up to storm force ten on all Irish coastal waters this weekend.

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Sunday morning will be very wet and blustery, with strong to gale force southwest winds, and a risk of spot flooding.

The winds will veer westerly for the afternoon and evening and will moderate slowly and more showery conditions will develop.

Top temperatures will range from 8C - 12C.

Winds are expected to die down overnight and some fog and frost will form over northern areas.

Some persistent rain is expected over Munster and south Leinster, with some sleet possible on high ground around the country.

Gardai warned motorists to "exercise caution" over the weekend.

They wrote the following on their official Twitter account: "National Weather Warning. All road users should exercise caution due to high winds expected for today and tomorrow."

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