Wet and blustery conditions are set to continue this week, with a Status Yellow warning in place for some parts of the country. Heavy rain and strong winds are set to hit the country as Met Éireann states “very unsettled conditions are forecast for Ireland this Tuesday night into Wednesday morning”.
Met Éireann have placed a Status Yellow – Wind warning for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. Southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of up to 100 km/h.
There will also be a risk of coastal flooding, in parts of the southwest and west, due to soils being saturated or waterlogged from heavy rain. The warning is in place from 9pm Tuesday until 9am the following morning.
These conditions are said to be created by a broad scale upper-level area of low pressure, along with an associated surface low, which will establish itself in the west of Ireland on Tuesday. Elsewhere, a southerly component of the Polar Jetstream will strengthen over Ireland during Tuesday.
A band of heavy rain is set to move into the southwest on Tuesday evening, spreading across the country through Tuesday night. Although most areas are expected to clear by Wednesday morning, there is a warning of further heavy rain on the west coast.
We should expect a short duration of heavy rainfall to occur mainly in parts of the southwest and west. There is a risk of flooding, due to soils being saturated or waterlogged.
Initially, the strongest winds can expect to be in the south and southeast but will spread to the east overnight. This will last into Wednesday morning, with the potential for severe gusts.
Met Éireann say the country is in a period of Spring/High Tides. This, combined with the stormy weather, is likely to increase the risk of coastal flooding. Rivers have been rising in the western half of the country and multiple spells of rain will further increase the risk of floods. Over the next week, the western half of the country can expect localised flooding.