PARTS of Ireland will be battered by 110kph gusts tonight amid fresh flooding fears – as Met Eireann issue two weather alerts.
Clare, Cork and Kerry will be on yellow alert for strong winds from Wednesday night into Thursday morning, while a rain warning has been issued for Dublin, Louth, Wicklow and Meath.
Exposed hills, mountains and coastal areas will be worst hit by the strong winds in Clare, Cork and Kerry, where the warning kicks in from 11pm on Wednesday.
The Met Eireann alert states: “Very windy conditions are expected to develop in parts of Munster overnight and during Thursday morning.
“Southerly winds veering west to northwest will reach mean speeds of 55kph to 65kph at times, with gusts of 90kph to 110kph, highest in coastal areas and on exposed hills and mountains where winds may temporarily exceed these thresholds.
“Given the time of year with many trees in full leaf, there is a greater potential for wind related impacts.”
The warning is due to remain in place until midday on Thursday.
And the rainfall alert for Dublin, Louth, Wicklow and Meath kicks in at 1am on Thursday and is valid until 2pm.
A forecaster warned: “Heavy downpours on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning may result in some river and spot flooding.”
Localised flooding could hit nationwide on Thursday.
The weather body’s current forecast predicts: “Thursday will be a cool, blustery day with scattered showers and longer spells of rain.
“There will be heavy bursts in places and some localised flooding possible.
“Highest temperatures of 11C to 13C, but feeling cold in mostly moderate to fresh and gusty northerly winds, but strong to gale force west to northwesterly winds over Munster.”
Met Eireann have issued a gale force warning for this evening to tomorrow morning for Irish coastal waters from Roches Point to Valentia to Slyne Head.
Small crafts have been warned in particular, as winds are predicted to reach force six or higher from tonight.
People should also take caution around the areas of Rossan Point to Bloody Foreland and Wicklow Head to Hook Head.
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On Monday, Met Eireann predicted heavy rain for the week with cool temperatures and rain showers.
Today will be cool with sunny spells and scattered showers in top temperatures of 11C to 14C.