Sunday 17 December 2017

Flood warning as heavy rainfall to hit some parts of the country

Met Éireann predict improved conditions this week. Photo: Getty
Met Éireann predict improved conditions this week. Photo: Getty
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Met Éireann has issued a status yellow rainfall warning as flooding is expected in parts of the west and south-west tonight.

“There will be high intensity rainfall in the west, reaching warning levels,” said Met Éireann forecaster Liz Walsh.

“For the moment the status yellow warning is in place for Cork, Kerry and Galway but Clare might be added too this evening,” she said.

Walsh said people in the west of these areas will be most affected as up to 40 mm of water is expected to fall over a 12 hour period.

“The warning doesn’t really apply to cities like Galway city and Cork city. It mountainous areas that will be most affected.”

The status yellow warning was issued on Thursday September 22 and is expected to last until Saturday September 24.

Despite the heavy rain, Walsh said that temperatures will be mild.

“It won’t be too cold. We’ll see temperatures of 15 to 17 degrees.”

For the rest of the country there will be unsettled weather.

According to Met Éireann today there will be a lot of dry weather, apart from the odd shower, with some morning sunshine.

Tomorrow will start very wet with the heavy rain spreading east in the morning. Drier conditions will follow from the west during the day but with still some rain at times.

According to Walsh Sunday will be much cooler with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered heavy showers of rain or hail.

Highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees in fresh west to southwest winds.   

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