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"Some fine weather": Those three words from Evelyn Cusack that mean so much...

Good news, just in time for Valentine’s. (We just need to get through the next 48 hours of rain, unfortunately).

AFTER EIGHT STORMS of varying intensity over the last two months, we could all use a do with a break from the non-stop conveyor belt of atrocious weather systems.

That break may now be on the way, it seems.

Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack updated the nation on the current outlook at the Government’s Emergency Coordination Committee meeting this afternoon.

We’ve another spell of rain and wind to get through first — but don’t worry, it won’t be anywhere near as bad as yesterday’s storm.

After giving Environment Minister Phil Hogan, assembled officials and representatives of the nation’s media an impromptu demonstration of close-up map-work, the meteorologist noted:

It looks like we are going to get a change in the weather patterns and there is a chance of some fine weather next week.
(Youtube: TheJournal.ie)

So. That’s the good news out of the way.

For those who didn’t click the video, here’s what Cusack’s warned us to expect from midnight tonight:

We will have icy roads tonight, and through the middle of the night but then there’s going to be another depression.

Now, it’s not going to be a full blown storm, but it is going to give wet and windy weather tomorrow to Munster and Leinster and we’ll be issuing warnings — probably yellow possibly orange warnings — for (maybe) Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow, maybe Wicklow for 20 to 30 mm of rain and easterly gale force winds for a time.

… while it won’t be storm there will be strong winds in these areas.

Flooding remains a concern, particularly in the south of the country — although water levels have receded a little since last week.

The committee — which also inclodes organisations like the gardaí, the Defence Forces, the EPA and the OPW — is urging people to stay vigilant over the next 48 hours or so:

The public have been reminded to continue to follow the weather warnings and to heed the safety messages of the authorities.

People should also be mindful when using candles and open heating sources in the home.

All road users are advised to exercise extreme caution as there is still the danger from debris/fallen trees and icy roads today.

People should use public transport where available, allowing extra time for journeys and check details with their transport providers in advance of travel.

Related: So, the storm is gone… Now how do I get to work?

Read: Just what is the emergency ‘National Coordination Group’ anyway?

Read: How did poor old Charles Darwin get dragged into the nation’s storm coverage?

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