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Winds of change Ireland weather: Met Eireann issue wind warning for 7 counties ahead of 110km/h gusts


Windy weather (stock photo)

Windy weather (stock photo)

Windy weather (stock photo)

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning for Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, and Wexford. 

The wind alert will be in place for 18 hours from 12pm from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night until 6am on Thursday morning.

Southwest to west winds are expected to reach average wind speeds of 50 to 65 km/h, with gusts of up to 110km/h.

Exposed locations are likely to be lashed by even higher wind speeds of over 110km/h with the possibility of damaging impacts.

Met Éireann meteorologist Paul Downes said: “Today (Monday 8th) will be the last day of the current spell of settled weather, before conditions turn widely unsettled from tomorrow with spells of wet and windy weather expected through the rest of the week.

“Although tomorrow (Tuesday 9th) will start dry, rain and strong winds will push east across the country from tomorrow afternoon, becoming widespread by early evening.

“Further wet and very windy weather is expected on Wednesday as a deep low-pressure system tracks to the northwest of Ireland – bringing very strong south-westerly winds and spells of heavy rain through Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night.”

Downes continued: “During the early hours of Thursday this low-pressure system will clear away from Ireland, introducing a colder and more unstable airmass.

“However, it will remain very windy into the weekend along with blustery showers, these possibly turning wintry over high ground.”

Thursday will see strong winds along with heavy rainfall including more hail showers. It will also feel cold with the highest temperatures reaching six to nine degrees.

“Friday will bring some sunshine and further showers – most widespread in western areas – with some heavy, though the showers will tend to become isolated later in the day,” Met Éireann said.

Wet and windy weather will persist into Mother’s Day weekend, with most areas experiencing blustery and unsettled conditions.

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