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Weather warning as city set for heavy downpour

DUBLIN is braced for the possibility of flooding this weekend as forecasters predict heavy rains and strong winds.

Council workers have topped up the sandbags as a frontline defence in Clontarf which was partly flooded earlier this year.

Met Eireann issued a level orange alert yesterday, warning of strong southwest winds gusting up to 130kmh, especially across the Atlantic counties.

Frequent heavy showers have been promised, some thundery with sleet and snow for a time mainly on higher ground.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has also warned drivers to be careful of conditions on the roads.

Joanna Donnelly, a forecaster with Met Eireann, told the Herald that today would be wet and windy, with upwards of 40mm of rain due to fall in Dublin from 3am to midday.

"There is always the risk of flooding. Some of the showers could fall as snow, but it is likely that it will melt," she said.

Average temperatures of between 7C and 10C have been forecast for today.

Winds will reach up to 110kmh in Dublin however the capital is likely to avoid the worst of the weather that is set to batter the west.