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Mayday Ireland weather: Met Eireann warn of 'unseasonably wet and windy' conditions with 110km/h gusts and up to 50mm of rain

A series of weather warnings have been issued by the national forecaster as the country is set to endure storm-like conditions


A man holds onto his umbrella in wet and windy weather (Jacob King/PA)

A man holds onto his umbrella in wet and windy weather (Jacob King/PA)

A man holds onto his umbrella in wet and windy weather (Jacob King/PA)

Ireland is bracing for “an unseasonably wet and windy day” with "damaging gusts" roaring in at over 110km/h and downpours of up to 50mm of rain in parts.

Met Eireann have issued three weather warnings as the country is set to endure storm-like conditions for the rest of the day and into tonight.

Munster and west Connacht will bear the brunt of the bad weather, with a Status Yellow wind warning for Cork and Kerry issued at midnight due to remain in place until midnight tonight.

The alert predicts winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of 80 to 110 km/h. Coastal areas could be lashed by even higher gusts.

A separate Status Yellow wind warning for Waterford and Wexford warns of similar conditions, and came into effect at 5am this morning. It is due to be lifted at 4pm.

And a Status Yellow rainfall warning for Clare, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Galway, and Mayo that remains in place until midnight tonight states that downpours of 30 to 50 mm could cause some localised flooding.

“Thursday will be an unseasonably wet and windy day with yellow wind and rainfall warnings in effect,” Met Eireann said. “Falls of rain will occur nationwide, heavy at times with the risk of localised flooding, especially across Munster and west Connacht.

“Cyclonic variable mainly southerly winds will be mostly fresh to strong and gusty, with gales and possibly damaging gusts along southern and southwestern coasts.”

They added: “It is cool for the time of year with highest temperatures of just 11 to 14 degrees Celsius.”

It is expected to remain wet and windy into tonight with heavy showers or longer spells of rain.

Friday will be cool and blustery with sunny spells and some heavy showers creating the risk of isolated thunderstorms. Highest temperatures will be between 10 and 15 degrees.

There will be sunny spells and scattered showers on Saturday, mainly affecting the western half of the country and it will be another relatively cool day with highs of just 10 to 13 degrees, in mostly moderate westerly breezes.

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A band of rain will sweep in across the country during Sunday morning, and clear into the Irish Sea into the afternoon.

The outlook for next week is for cool and unsettled conditions but with "tentative signs" of settled weather from midweek.

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