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Dublin: 14 °C Tuesday 23 September, 2014

RED ALERT: Highest level weather warning active in Kerry and Cork

A secondary ‘orange alert’ is in place in a number of other coastal counties.

MET ÉIREANN HAS issued its highest level weather alert because of expected winds in Kerry and Cork today.

The warning, put in place at 12.15am today, will be active until 3pm.

Stormy conditions will affect the two counties with southerly winds of 60 to 70 km/h gusting to 120 km/h. Later, winds will increase to 75 to 85 km/h and will gust 130 to 160 km/h.

High seas are also predicted.

A secondary ‘orange alert’ is in place in a number of other coastal counties, including Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick and Waterford.

That warning – also for wind – has been issued for between 6am and 5pm today.

A status ‘yellow alert’ is active for much of the rest of the country as “extremely windy weather will sweep up from the south during today”.

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The wind will be accompanied by rain, sleet and snow across the country.

According to the weather men and women at the agency, there will be “spells of possibly thundery rain or showers and some spot flooding”.

“The rain may be preceded by some sleet and snow in some northern areas. Some damaging gusts are expected, especially over Munster, south Connacht and parts of south Leinster. Top temperatures of 5 to 8°C.”

There you go. Stay in bed if you can.

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