Weather warnings in place as Ireland to get ‘side-swipe’ of storm Barbara
Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings as storm Barbara will hit parts of the north and north-west of Ireland.
A status orange wind warning has been put in place for Donegal, Galway and Mayo as it’s expected to be very windy and wet on higher grounds.
“The north and north-west will get a side-swipe of storm Barbara. It will hit Iceland and Scotland mainly but Ireland will get some of it,” Met Eireann forecaster Pat Clarke told Independent.ie.
A status yellow warning has also been put in place for the rest of the country as Friday will be windy and stormy.
The warnings remain in place until Friday December 23 at 6pm.
“It will be quite windy on Friday from 6am with thundery bursts of rain,” said Mr Clarke.
Conditions have been forecast to remain cool and breezy, with temperatures reaching around 4C to 8C.
Christmas Eve was likely to be showery, but temperatures would be much milder, heading to upwards of 13C.
Anyone hoping for a white Christmas was also likely to be disappointed. Temperatures would also reach upwards of 13C on Sunday.
"There's no chance of a white Christmas with those temperatures," Met Eireann Forecaster Gerry Murphy said.
Overall the outlook to the end of the weekend was mild and blustery with sporadic showers.
Conor Faughnan, from AA Roadwatch, warned changes in driving routines over the Christmas period and bad weather were a "recipe for danger".
"We are watching the forecast and it could be downgraded, but even so, it is still going to be wet and windy at a time when tens of thousands of people are on the move travelling to see relatives all over the country," he said.
"We have to reinforce all our road safety messages which become of increased importance in bad weather when people are driving routes they don't regularly travel."
He said that AA crews would work throughout the Christmas period to deal with any breakdowns.