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Dublin: 8 °C Friday 25 April, 2014

Gardaí warn motorists to take care as gales, heavy rain expected

The Gardaí have reminded motorists to allow extra time for journeys and reduce speed – with forecast gales and heavy thundery showers likely to make conditions dangerous.

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A WEATHER WARNING is in effect for this evening, with gales and heavy thundery showers forecast.

Met Éireann warned earlier that “heavy and persistent” showers with a risk of hail and thunder could lead to some localised flooding today, however the rain is expected to ease off by tonight.

Gardaí have warned motorists that driving conditions are likely to be challenging this evening, and are reminding motorists to allow extra time for journeys, reduce speed and to take all other necessary precautions.

Speaking earlier today on Newstalk’s Breakfast programme, David Rogers of  Met Éireann said that the rain would initially be heavy in the south and south east of the country.

“Then as it pushes north the east coast will bear the brunt of the rainfall and then eventually moving into Ulster later on in the day,” he said.

Eddie Taaffe, of Wexford County Council said that relevant local authority staff had received the rain warning and have been paying special attention to surface water drainage systems.
Up to a month’s rainfall is expected in the space of 36 hours this week with between 25mm and 50mm set to fall across the country tomorrow and Thursday.

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