Thursday 19 September 2019

Two warnings with rain and gusts of 100kmh on the way

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Ian Begley

Ian Begley

The storm that battered parts of the country last night is expected to continue, with heavy rainfall and gusts of up to 100kmh.

Met Éireann's status yellow wind warning will be in place until 2pm today in Wexford, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.

A second rainfall warning, issued yesterday morning for Cork, Kerry and Waterford will also last until 6pm this evening.

The national meteorological service warned of spot flooding as 25mm to 50mm of rain is expected to fall while the warnings are in place.

South-easterly winds are also expected to reach mean speeds between 50-65kmh at times, with gusts between 90-100kmh.

Met Éireann forecaster Matthew Martin told the Irish Independent that along with the persistent rain and strong winds, temperatures are set to drop to 4C.

"The rain will begin to fizzle out as the day progresses, but it will still remain cloudy and damp in most parts of the country," he said.

"Some eastern and northern eastern areas might become dry in the afternoon, but it will get a bit chillier, with cold air moving in from Britain and the continent.

"After some dry weather on Friday morning, we'll see another frontal band of rain accompanied by strong winds in the afternoon.

"Saturday will remain unsettled, with further spells of wet and windy weather coming in from the Atlantic," Mr Martin said.

The forecaster added that the rain will then begin to turn heavy over the south and east, with an ongoing risk of spot flooding.

However, it will be milder than previous days, with top temperatures of 8C to 11C.

Sunday will be a cooler day, with sunny spells and scattered heavy showers along with a chance of hail and thunder.

Irish Independent

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