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Chance of weather warnings over election weekend as Storm Ciara brings flooding and strong winds

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Waves crash over the seafront in Clontarf during Storm Brendan. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Waves crash over the seafront in Clontarf during Storm Brendan. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Colin Keegan

Waves crash over the seafront in Clontarf during Storm Brendan. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

STORM Ciara is set to hit Ireland this weekend as voters go to the polls, with the chance of weather warnings being issued as a result of coastal flooding - and even some snow.

The edge of UK Storm Ciara will cause further heavy winds, as well as more coastal flooding, while cold air from Canada will lower the mercury back down below zero, according to the national forecaster.

While no weather warnings have been issued yet, the combination of Storm Ciara and cold weather moving in will see very unsettled weather across Ireland, according to meteorologist Matthew Martin.

"It looks like Sunday will see the worst of the weather with some very severe winds and then later in the weekend we could see some wintry showers into Sunday and Monday," he told Independent.ie.

"Unsettled weather is expected to develop across Ireland and Northwest Europe this weekend. A further spell of heavy rain is expected on Saturday and this will be accompanied by strong and gusty winds with a possibility of Status Yellow warnings.

"Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate further on Sunday as Storm Ciara tracks to the north of Ireland. Storm Ciara is forecast to be a vigorous Atlantic storm system with an expansive wind-field."

The forecaster continued that because of a range of factors, this weekend will also likely see coastal flooding as well as ice and snow.

"The change will occur as very cold air sweeps out of Canada into the North Atlantic creating a sharp temperature contrast in the atmosphere over the ocean," he said.

"It's possible that there could be some snowfall, particularly in the West.

"The country will enter a period of spring tides this weekend. This will coincide with high seas, as well as extremely windy or stormy conditions later in the weekend and will result in an elevated risk of coastal flooding especially along western and southern coasts.

"The unsettled weather is likely to produce significant rainfall totals over the weekend. This will result in an increase in river levels and may cause some localised flooding.

"Next week, conditions will remain very disturbed across Ireland and the UK. It will remain very windy and turn much colder with the chance of wintry showers and ice in some parts."

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