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Winds-day Status Yellow alert issued for Wexford, Waterford and Wicklow ahead of 100km/h gusts

Where winds are onshore there is a risk of coastal flooding around high tide,” Met Eireann revealed.

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A windsurfer in choppy waters near the South Bull Wall

A windsurfer in choppy waters near the South Bull Wall

A windsurfer in choppy waters near the South Bull Wall

A Status Yellow wind warning has been issued for three counties today, with gusts of 80 to 100kmh expected later tonight.

People living in Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow can expect southerly winds tonight to reach mean speeds of 50 to 60kmh with gusts of 80 to 100kmh highest in coastal areas.

“Where winds are onshore there is a risk of coastal flooding around high tide,” Met Eireann revealed.

The wind alert comes into force at 11pm tonight and remains in place until 5am tomorrow.

This follows an earlier Status Yellow gale Warning of southwest winds reaching force 8 and occasionally strong gale force 9, today on Irish coastal waters from Loop Head to Rossan Point to Fair Head.

“Southerly winds veering westerly will increase to gale force 8 or strong gale force 9 tonight and early Thursday on Irish Coastal Waters from Fair Head to Carnsore Point to Valentia,” a marine warning adds.

Met Eireann’s general forecast says today will be bright and breezy with sunny spells and scattered showers. Cloud will thicken from the south this afternoon and outbreaks of rain will push in over southern counties towards evening. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees with fresh and gusty south to southwest winds.

Heavy rain will move up from the south tonight, bringing a risk of spot flooding. The rain will turn to sleet, mainly over the western half of the country overnight, falling as snow on high ground as temperatures dip to -1 to 3 degrees.

“Southerly winds veering westerly will increase strong to near gale and gusty in eastern counties overnight, with gales developing along southern and Irish Sea coasts,” the forecaster predicts. “Scattered showers, with hail and a risk of isolated thunderstorms will feed into western counties towards dawn.”

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