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Flipping hell Ireland weather: Showers, heavy rain and strong gusts to batter Pancake Tuesday

The west and northwest were lashed by strong winds overnight with powerful gusts of 119km/h recorded at Belmullet in Mayo and 100km/h winds at Mace Head in Galway, according to Met Eireann.

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Pancakes are on the menu today but the country is facing a different kind of battering with wet and rainy conditions forecast nationwide.

Showers will affect Ulster, Connacht and Munster, as well as Leinster later in fresh to strong, gusty southwest winds, before heavy rain moves in tonight.

The west and northwest were lashed by strong winds overnight with counties Donegal, Galway and Mayo under a Status Yellow alert until 8am this morning. Powerful gusts of 119km/h were recorded at Belmullet in Mayo and winds reached 100km/h at Mace Head in Galway, according to Met Eireann.

Today, a Status Yellow gale warning is in operation as south to southwest winds will reach force 6 or higher this morning on coasts from Malin Head to Wicklow Head to Mizen Head.

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And westerly winds will reach force 6 or 7 for a time this morning on coasts from Mizen Head to Loop Head to Slyne Head.

Wednesday will be bright and breezy with sunny spells and scattered showers. Temperatures will hover around seven to 10 degrees before more heavy rain develops in the evening.

Temperatures will dip to -1 over night before rain and sleet clears up by Thursday morning.

Sunshine and showers will follow for the rest of the day with highest temperatures of seven to nine degrees. Moderate westerly winds will back southerly and freshen during the evening.

Thursday night will be wet and windy with rain spreading north-eastwards along with fresh to strong, gusty southerly winds. Lowest temperatures of one to five degrees.

On Friday morning, rain will clear eastwards with sunshine and showers and it will be mild and breezy with fresh south to southwest wind and highest temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees.

The weekend is forecast to be mild and unsettled with further spells of rain or showers.

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