Met Eireann, the Irish meteorological service, has issued three weather warnings as Ireland braces for a bout of miserable conditions. The country is expected to be hit by heavy rainfall and powerful gusts as a storm tracks through the Atlantic. A Status Yellow rain warning has been put in place for Connacht and Cavan from 2pm today until 9am tomorrow. In addition, a second yellow warning for rain has been issued for Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wicklow, and Monaghan. This warning will be in effect from 6pm this evening until 1pm on Saturday.
According to a forecaster from Met Eireann, there will be spells of heavy rain from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon, with potential impacts including spot flooding, poor visibility, and difficult travel conditions. Furthermore, a third yellow wind alert has been issued for Cork, Kerry, and Waterford from 1am until 12pm on Saturday. The southern counties can expect “very strong north to northwest winds with gusts of up to 110 km/hr,” which may lead to falling branches, damage to temporary structures, and challenging travel conditions.
The UK Met Office has also issued a yellow rain warning for all six of the northern counties. In Dublin, today will be mainly dry with sunny spells in the morning, but cloudier weather is expected in the afternoon. Outbreaks of rain will spread from the west towards nightfall. Temperatures will range from 17 to 18 degrees Celsius. Rain will become persistent and heavy overnight, with spot flooding anticipated by morning. It will be a windy night with fresh and gusty winds, shifting easterly towards dawn. Temperatures will drop to lows of 10 or 11 degrees Celsius.
Tomorrow, Dublin will experience wet and windy conditions in the morning, with outbreaks of rain clearing to sunny spells and scattered showers during the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will be around 16 to 17 degrees Celsius. The national outlook for the coming days indicates that Friday night will be cloudy and wet, with heavy rain and the potential for spot flooding. It will turn windy overnight, particularly in the west and south, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 13 degrees Celsius.
Saturday will start off wet and windy, with rain and strong northwest winds. The rain will clear into the Irish Sea in the afternoon, making way for sunny spells and scattered showers for the rest of the day. Maximum temperatures will range from 14 to 17 degrees Celsius, with the northwest winds gradually moderating. Saturday night will be mostly dry with clear spells and a few showers mainly along the Atlantic coast. Temperatures will drop to 9 to 12 degrees Celsius, accompanied by moderate westerly winds.
Sunday is expected to be a bright day with a mix of sunshine and showers, with the showers most frequent in Ulster. Maximum temperatures will range from 16 to 20 degrees Celsius, with a moderate west to northwest breeze. Sunday night will be mostly dry with clear spells and a few showers in the northwest. However, towards dawn on Monday, rain will develop in west Munster. Lowest temperatures will be between 9 and 12 degrees Celsius, accompanied by a moderate southwest breeze.
On Bank Holiday Monday, rain is expected to spread northwards across much of the country, although some northern counties may remain dry. The highest temperatures will be between 14 and 17 degrees Celsius, with a moderate to fresh southwest wind. Further outbreaks of rain are anticipated on Monday night, with lowest temperatures ranging from 11 to 14 degrees Celsius and fresh and gusty southwest winds.
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