Monday 19 February 2018

Weather warnings with galeforce winds and lashing rain - and now flood-risk concerns

Dealing with raining in Dublin city centre. File picture
Dealing with raining in Dublin city centre. File picture
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Winter took hold of the west for a spell yesterday after strong winds and lashing rain bashed the coast.

Three status yellow wind warnings were issued to seven counties across the country yesterday, with gusts of wind reaching up to 100kmh.

Donegal, Galway, Kerry, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Clare were all advised to be on alert with motorists urged to use particular caution.

While the weather warning remained in place until 6pm, the strong winds had dissipated by the afternoon in most places.

Forecasters are warning of a risk of spot flooding if the heavy rain materialises. Stock image
Forecasters are warning of a risk of spot flooding if the heavy rain materialises. Stock image

And after the brief taste of winter, more reasonable weather is set to hold sway today.

A generally dry day with good sunshine is expected for most of the country, becoming cloudier with scattered heavy showers this afternoon and evening, according to Met Éireann.

However, the forecast for Sunday remains a bit uncertain.

While rain is expected to develop in the west, the east of the country should avoid the worst of it and remain mostly dry.

However, forecasters are warning of a risk of spot flooding if the heavy rain materialises, with strong winds also set to make a return from the south.

Heavy rain will also mark the start of next week spreading from the east on Monday.

But temperatures will remain in the high teens and may reach about 20C.

Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be drier in the west but with the risk of rain at times in the east, with temperatures dropping to about 17C at best.

Irish Independent

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