As Cork enjoys a relatively mild morning and afternoon, Met Eireann warns locals that the weather is due to take a dramatic turn as the day wears on.
Though Cork will be predominantly overcast today, with a smattering of light showers, these are predicted to become more widespread by evening. Some areas may even experience heavy downpours. Those residing near the Lee River should be especially vigilant, as the council has alerted residents to possible flooding exacerbated by sustained rainfall.
The wind is also expected to intensify throughout the day, with forceful gusts sweeping across Leeside and potent gales battering the coast. A Status Yellow gale warning has been issued for much of the coastline, with south to southwest winds anticipated to reach gale force 8, or nearly 70 km/h. A small craft warning is also in effect along all coastlines.
Though daytime temperatures are likely to hover between 11 and 12 degrees, they could plummet to 3C by tonight. Met Eireann predicts a “wet and windy evening” with hail and storms arriving from the Atlantic.
Below is the complete forecast for Munster:
Initial isolated showers will give way to brief bright or sunny spells in the east this Tuesday. However, thickening clouds will deliver rain to the west by late morning, spreading across the region during the afternoon. Western parts of Cork and Kerry may experience heavy rainfall. Southwest winds will strengthen, becoming fresh to strong and gusty, with coastal gales developing. Highs of 11 or 12 degrees.
Solar UV Index
Low to moderate.
Conditions will be wet and windy tonight, particularly in the early hours. Widespread rain and fresh to strong, gusty southwesterly winds will accompany coastal gales. Rain will clear eastwards by midnight, giving way to clear spells and sporadic showers. Winds will diminish inland but will remain strong along the coast. Expect minimum temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees.
Wednesday will commence with sunny spells and scattered showers. However, the day will grow breezier and cloudier, with blustery showers becoming more widespread during the afternoon and occasionally merging into longer spells of rain. Some showers may be heavy, with possible hail and isolated thunderstorms. Highs of 9 to 11 degrees in a moderate to fresh and gusty southwesterly wind, strong near the coast.