Four weather warnings now in place, but Met Éireann says temperatures to hit highs of 20C on Good Friday

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Four weather warnings now in place, but Met Éireann says temperatures to hit highs of 20C on Good Friday
Four weather warnings now in place, but Met Éireann says temperatures to hit highs of 20C on Good Friday
Basking: Chelsie and Dana Crowe with Lauren Mills, all from Coolock, soak up the sun on Howth Pier. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Basking: Chelsie and Dana Crowe with Lauren Mills, all from Coolock, soak up the sun on Howth Pier. Photo: Steve Humphreys
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Denise Calnan

Met Éireann have now issued four weather warnings as gusts of up to 100km/h and a risk of flooding is set to hit areas nationwide.

Parts of the midlands and east are the only parts of the country to escape a number of ongoing warnings.

Forecasters have issued a Status Orange rainfall warning for Cork and Waterford.

Forecaster Gerry Murphy said there will be some respite from the rain for a time today, Sunday, but heavy rain will affect Munster and parts of southern Leinster in the evening again.

“Large rainfall amounts” are expected and motorists are being warned of flooding and hazardous driving conditions in many areas.

The warning will remain in place until 6pm Monday.

Heavy rain is also expected in counties; Kilkenny, Wexford, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary.

Forecasters have issued a lower level warning for these areas from 6pm Sunday, recommending a Status Yellow rainfall warning remain in place until 6pm Monday.

“Heavy rain Sunday night and Monday in these areas will bring a risk of spot flooding, especially in southern parts of these counties,” they added.

Strong and gusty southeast winds are expected in 15 counties, with average speeds of 50 to 60kmh with gusts of up to 100km/h possible, strongest about high ground.

Following this forecast, Met Éireann have put in place a Status Yellow wind warning for counties; Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. It will be in place from 5am Monday, until 5pm Monday.

And in the south and west, a separate Status Yellow wind warning is in place from 2am Monday, until 7pm Monday.

Covering counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Cork and Kerry, the warning forecasts gusts to reach 110km/h.

Finally, Met Éireann recommended a gale warning for their sea forecast, saying southeast winds will reach gale force at times today on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish sea.

“Today will be wet over much of Munster, Connacht, west Ulster and in the west and south of Leinster with spells of heavy rain,” a forecaster said.

“The rain will become lighter and more patchy in many parts through the afternoon. Northeast Leinster and much of Ulster will remain mostly dry with a few brighter spells for a time.

“It will be cold and blustery with highest temperatures of just 5 to 9 degrees in fresh to strong, gusty southeast winds.”

Meanwhile, there is also some good news as temperatures are expected to hit highs of up to 20C on Good Friday.

For the rest of the coming week it will be mainly dry with sunny spells.

“Winds will remain moderate East or Southeast and it will gradually become a degree or so milder day by day, so with temperatures on Good Friday afternoon expected to range from 15 degrees along exposed coasts to as high as 18 to 20 degrees elsewhere. Night-time temperatures will be around 5 to 8 degrees.”

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Source: Irish