Saturday 20 January 2018

More wind and rain on the way

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

MORE wind and rain are on the way but most of the country will escape widespread flooding.

Met Eireann expects scattered heavy showers in the west, north and midlands -- but the east coast should get the best of the weather.

And the winter squalls should be gone for the weekend, with most parts dry, forecaster Siobhan Ryan said.

She continued: "Mist and fog could be slow to clear on Thursday and we're going to see scattered, heavy showers, but they won't be quite as frequent.

"The west, north and midlands will bear the brunt of that shower activity, but some parts of the country will escape. Leinster and east Munster could be dry. There will be slack winds, but along the coast it will be breezy.

"Temperatures will be between 11C and 14C -- a little on the cool side for this time of year, but it's stabilising. Friday will be a calm day, with more dry weather and there should be some reasonable sunshine through the day.

"Saturday could be a reasonably pleasant day but there's a question mark over Sunday. It may be dry, but with wet weather in the evening."

The improving weather comes after much of the country was hit with localised flooding yesterday. Cork was worst-hit, with large parts of the city rendered impassable.

Commuters in Dublin and the south-east were hit with delays in rail services, with the DART severely delayed in the early morning because of water on the line at Sandycove.

Motorists were stuck in floodwaters in Lusk, north Co Dublin, while the Longmile Road, Strawberry Beds in Lucan and parts of Drimnagh also badly hit.

Up to 50mm of rain fell over the course of the day, with the AA also reporting flooding in Wexford, south Kerry, Offaly and Laois. Gardai have urged motorists to take extra care, and for cyclists to be especially careful.


The Road Safety Authority reminded drivers that it takes longer to stop on wet roads so they should allow extra distance from the vehicle in front.

"Take special care when driving behind goods vehicles as they generate a considerable amount of spray, which reduces your visibility, and drive with dipped headlights at all times," a spokesman said.

He added that motorists should not drive through flooded roads and that the brake pedal should be applied for a short distance after going through water to help dry the brakes.

The eastern and southern coasts were worst-hit with flooding yesterday but there was also problems in Baltray and Drogheda in Co Louth, Kilkenny city and Wexford, where traffic was reduced to one lane on the O'Hanrahan Bridge in New Ross due to surface water.

Dublin City Council said there was some localised flooding across the city, but otherwise no major problems.

Irish Independent

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