Nationwide weather warning upgraded as gusts of up to 130km/h forecast
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.
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."
Excess surface water has been reported on a number of routes. Reduce your speed and increase your braking distance! https://t.co/xIOpAblVS1— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 28, 2015
GALWAY: Excess surface water and flooding in Loughrea on the N65 Portumna Rd near the Fairfield R/A. Extreme care is needed.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 28, 2015
CLARE/ GALWAY: High winds are a problem on the M18 Galway/ Limerick Rd in both directions between J12 Killow and J16 Gort.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 28, 2015
DUBLIN: Reports of high winds on the M50 both ways between the M1/ M50 Interchange and J17 M11 and extra care is needed.— AA Roadwatch (@aaroadwatch) November 28, 2015
Cool/windy ine eve/early nite.Shrws many places,some heavy.Later tonite rain spreading everywhere from W.Windy.Tmrw windy stormy rainy.— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) November 28, 2015
Mean wind speeds reported at 1pm local time today Saturday. pic.twitter.com/nUt9wTE16H— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) November 28, 2015
National Weather Warning. All road users should exercise caution due to high winds expected for today and tomorrow.— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) November 28, 2015