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Southern showers Irish weather: Wind and rain warnings issued for Cork, Kerry, Wexford and Waterford ahead of deluges and 100km/h gusts

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The south and southwest will be lashed by heavy rain and high winds coming in off the Atlantic tonight, bringing with it a risk of flooding. 

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for Cork, Kerry and Waterford that will come into effect at 9pm and remain in place until 4pm on Friday.

A forecaster revealed that heavy rain on Thursday night and Friday may cause some river flooding and localised surface flooding. Rainfall totals of 30 to 40mm are expected and will be higher in mountainous regions.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow wind warning has also been issued for Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford, with strong southerly winds tonight and Friday clocking in at speeds of 50 to 60kmh with gusts of 80 to 100kmh.

The warning, that also comes into effect at 9pm and remains in place until 4pm, will see the possibility of localised coastal flooding.

In the meantime, it will be a cool start to today, with frequent and blustery showers in the west and southwest extending eastwards to most areas through the morning.

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Some showers will be heavy with a risk of hail, but will start to die out by afternoon.

There will be highest temperatures of seven to 10 degrees with fresh and gusty southwest winds, strong along southern coasts but moderating in the afternoon.

Early tonight that persistent rain will move into the southwest and spread north-eastwards to all areas overnight as strong to near gale force southerly winds develop. Rain will be heavy, particularly across southern coastal counties where there may be spot flooding. Lowest temperatures of two to five degrees, occurring early in the night.

There will be widespread wet and windy weather on Friday morning, with a continued risk of localised flooding in the south where heavy rain persists.

Brightening up from the west during the afternoon with scattered showers, however the eastern half of the country will remain cloudy through the day with outbreaks of rain persisting.

It will be mild with highest temperatures of nine to 11 degrees. Strong to near gale force southerly winds will ease moderate during the afternoon, but remain strong on eastern coasts.

Rain in eastern counties will clear into the Irish Sea on Friday night, with showers and clear spells extending nationwide. Some showers will be heavy. Lowest temperatures of six to nine degrees with moderate to fresh southerly winds.

Saturday will be breezy with showers or more prolonged outbreaks of rain moving northwards over the country and most persistent across southern coastal counties.

Saturday night will, be drier in many areas early in the night, although some light rain may well affect western coastal counties overnight. Lowest temperatures of four to seven degrees.

Met Eireann said that while there is “some uncertainty in the forecast”, Sunday currently looks to have a largely cloudy start with some outbreaks of rain, but will become brighter during the afternoon with showers moving into western half of the country. Highest temperatures of seven to 10 degrees with a light southerly breeze.

Scattered showers will continue to affect the western half of the country over Sunday night and into Monday. Highest temperatures of nine to 11 degrees.

Wet and windy weather will spread from the west on Monday evening and widespread overnight rain will be heavy at times with a risk of spot flooding. Lowest temperatures of five to eight degrees with strong and gusty southerly winds.

The outlook for the rest of the week is for breezy conditions with further rainfall on Tuesday followed by showers on Wednesday, with mild temperatures for the time of year.

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