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wash out Ireland weather: Met Eireann issue wind and rain warnings for six counties ahead of downpours and 110km/h gusts

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow - Gale warning for all coasts around Ireland and on the Irish Sea

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Parts of the country have been warned to batten down the hatches as gale force winds and torrential rain are expected to hit from midnight tonight. 

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow Gale warning for all coasts around Ireland and on the Irish Sea with south-easterly winds veering westerly expected to reach gale force 8.

And this could increase to gale force 9 from Carnsore Point to Roches Point to Loop Head.

A separate Status Yellow Wind warning states that strong southerly winds of 50 to 65 kmh with gusts of 80 to 110 kmh are threatening to strike both Cork and Kerry.

And even higher gusts are possible in coastal areas, Met Eireann adds.

The wind alert is valid from midnight tonight for 24 hours.

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The forecaster has also said that “localised flooding” is a risk across Clare, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Galway and Mayo as a result of heavy rain of between 30 and 50mm and even higher again in mountainous areas.

A Status Yellow rainfall warning is in place for these counties from midnight tonight until midnight Thursday.

Met Eireann said: “Low pressure will be the dominant feature to end this week and over the weekend, keeping our weather unsettled.

“A wet and windy Thursday will give way to showery conditions for Friday and Saturday before further rain crosses the country Saturday night.”

In the meantime, there will be some sunny spells this afternoon and evening although showers in Munster, Ulster and south Leinster may become heavy.

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There will be a good deal of dry weather across Connacht and the northern half of Leinster with just a few showers.

Tonight will start largely dry but it will turn wet and windy overnight as rain spreads from the southwest across the country, which will turn heavy at times.

Light southerly or variable winds will veer south-easterly and increase fresh to strong and gusty as the rain spreads. Temperatures will dip to between three and seven degrees.

Current indications for early next week suggest that it will remain cool and showery although drier spells will develop towards midweek as temperatures return closer to normal.

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