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Don't forget the brolly: Heavy rain and localised flooding expected across the country

The remnants of Hurricane Gert have arrived.

PastedImage-60487 The heavy rain is already moving across Ireland. Source: Dark Sky

HEAVY RAIN IS forecast for most of the country today as the remnants of Hurricane Gert reach this side of the Atlantic.

A status yellow weather warning is in effect with localised flooding expected in many areas, and motorists are being advised to take extra care when driving.

Met Éireann forecasts that the spells of heavy rain are expected to continue until Monday afternoon, but Gert’s effects could be felt into Tuesday.

As much as 30 to 50mm of rain could fall over the next 24 hours year, according to Met Éireann.

“Some heavy, possibly thundery bursts will occur locally, especially over parts of Connacht and Ulster” are forecast for tonight.

The heavy rain will be accompanied of light to moderate winds.

Today’s weather warning is in place for all of Connacht, along with, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare and north Tipperary.

PastedImage-61414 The weather system bringing heavy rain is seen on the left. Source: Met Éireann

Dublin Fire Brigade is reminding motorists to keep their wipers and lights on when driving during rainy conditions today. AA Roadwatch’s advice for driving during heavy rain is to reduce your speed and double the distance you would normally keep from the car in front.

Hurricane Gert was the second hurricane of the Atlantic season so far, and the strongest with wind speeds of up to 165 km/h. It never made landfall, but produced rip currents in some areas of the United States east coast.

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