Friday 15 December 2017

Hold on to your hat – it'll be 100kmh gales again

Allison Bray and Lynne Kelleher

A WEATHER alert for 100kmh gusts of wind is likely to remain in place today as autumn blows in with a vengeance.

Met Eireann issued a 'Status Yellow' alert yesterday for the provinces of Munster, Leinster and Connacht and counties Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan.

It warned of strong southwesterly winds gusting up to 100kmh, with mean speeds of 45kmh.

Malin Head in Co Donegal already took the brunt of the gusts, with winds reaching speeds of 95kmh yesterday.

And Met Eireann believes the yellow alert will remain in place today. "Winds overall will be a similar strength today," a forecaster told the Irish Independent.

West to northwest gales buffeted the Atlantic and Irish Sea, prompting Met Eireann to issue a gale warning that also remains in effect for today.

Along with the blustery conditions, it will feel a lot cooler than last week, with daytime highs not expected to exceed 11C in most parts and up to 14C in the south or southeast.

Although all areas should have sunny spells, especially the south and southeast, showers will become widespread throughout the day but will die out by dusk.

Tomorrow will remain cloudy with scattered rain and cool temperatures overall of between 10C and 13C.

However, the picture will improve on Wednesday, with mostly dry weather and sunny spells before more rain moves in from the Atlantic on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, it looks like we can expect snow again this winter, according to long-range weather guru Ken Ring.

The New Zealander, who predicted Ireland's arctic winter in 2010 as well as this July's record-breaking heatwave with uncanny accuracy back in January, expects snow will hit here in December. But he doesn't believe it will be a white Christmas.

Irish Independent

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