Ireland to be hit by tropical storm next week

Ireland to be hit by tropical storm next week

Ireland is set to be smashed by the tail end of Tropical Storm Henri next week.

Forecasters warn that rain and high winds are on route, with the bad weather set to begin tomorrow.

The British Met Office warns that 70mph gusts and double the normal rainfall is expected as Tropical Storm Henri sweeps across the Atlantic from the United States.

Meanwhile, Met Eireann warns of flooding across Connacht and Munster tonight.

Rain will become widespread across Connacht and most parts of Munster, with heavy falls in the west and southwest and with a risk of spot flooding. It will remain mostly dry elsewhere, but some patchy rain will develop, mainly in parts of the midlands and in parts of west Ulster by morning. A breezy night with moderate to fresh southeast winds. Minimum temperatures 11 to 14 degrees Celsius.

Rain, flooding and thundery downpours are expected tomorrow, with maximum temperatures of 14 to 17 Celsius.

Earlier today a spokeswoman for the UK Met Office told the Mirror:

"The remnants of tropical depression Henri are then expected to track across the Atlantic towards the UK but at the moment it is uncertain how much of an effect this will have.

While Weather Network spokesman Richard Chapman said:

"Low pressure is then in control for Sunday with some more rain on the way.

"Most of this over Ireland, Wales, western and southern England, but then edging eastwards as the day progresses.

"Then it's a taste of autumn into the opening days of next week.

"Low pressure sits atop the British Isles and showers will be heavy and frequent, as will be longer spells of rain."