Tuesday 23 January 2018

Storm Aileen churns up 110kmh winds as it sweeps across country but there's good news for the weekend

  • Aileen zipped through Ireland last night bringing strong winds and rain
  • Yellow rainfall warning issued for some counties along the west coast
  • N16 Sligo/Enniskillen Rd is heavily flooded
  • Weekend set to be 'mainly dry and sunny'
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Allison Bray and Sasha Brady

Storm Aileen - the first named storm of the year - was expected to churn up gusts of more than 110kmh as it swept across the country last night.

The early arrival of the first mid-Atlantic cyclone of the season prompted Met Éireann to issue two status yellow weather warnings.

A yellow wind warning was in effect from 2pm to 11pm last night for Munster province as well as counties Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow and Galway.

A band of very strong winds was already being tracked at Galway around 7pm last night and was expected to bring gusts of 90-110kmh to south and south-western coastal counties before turning north-westerly and slamming the east coast later last night.

However, Aileen brought much of her severe winds to the south coast of Ireland with wind speeds of 50 knots / per hour recorded at Kinsale.

The short-lived storm blasted her way over the Irish Sea this morning and headed north towards Holland, Germany and Denmark.

A yellow rainfall warning was also issued yesterday for the west coast, with heavy rain with local thundery bursts forecast for counties Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

The warning went into effect at 2pm yesterday until 2pm today.

Gardai report that the N16 Sligo/Enniskillen Rd is heavily flooded as a result of last night's rainfall. Motorists are urged to exercise "extreme care" along the road.

Wet roads are also reported this morning in cities Cork, Limerick and Galway.

Meanwhile, blustery and showery conditions are expected for much of the country today.

Lowest temperatures of between six and nine degrees are predicted on Wednesday night.

Met Éireann predict that Thursday will start off feeling much cooler with ground frost expected in the morning. Widespread showers are expected by the afternoon with fresh northwest breezes.

The weekend is set to be mainly dry and sunny".

It will feel "rather autumnal" on Friday and Saturday with highs between 12 and 15 degrees.

Sunday will be the the driest and warmest day with highs between 15 and 17 degrees.

The dry weather is expected to continue into Monday.

Irish Independent

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