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Dublin: 5 °C Sunday 23 February, 2020

Batten those hatches - there's bad weather on the way

Met Éireann announced the warning today.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

AN ORANGE WEATHER warning has been put in place by Met Éireann, meaning we can expect some wind and rain to batter parts of the country this evening.

The wind warning is for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick, and is from 9pm tonight to 11am on Tuesday.

Met Éireann warns that people in these areas should expect strong and damaging gusts of winds, from 65km/h to 80km/h – and even as strong as 130km/h – and high seas which may lead to flooding.

The forecaster says that while it will be a mild day, it will become cooler early this evening, and extremely windy tonight.

As the strong- to gale-force southwesterly winds develop, we can expect severe and possibly damaging gusts, says Met Éireann – especially along the western and northwestern coasts.

What else? Oh, cold, showers of rain, sleet, hail and snow (especially in the north and west).

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Expect some frost too, and temperatures to fall between 0 and 3 degrees. As for tomorrow, there’ll be more gale-force winds, and unsettled weather will continue for the rest of the week.

In preparation for the bad weather, Dublin City Council has put its flood defences in place along parts of the eastern coastline.

Due to high tide expected at 1.47pm today, DCC has put its flood defences in place along the River Dodder and River Tolka.

It will also close the car parks at Clontarf and Sandymount today. The council said it will monitor the situation.

Clare County Council has also issued a wind and coastal flood warning, which will run from this evening to Tuesday morning.

It says there is a heightened risk of coastal flooding, so the public and people with properties which have previously flooded should be aware of the risk.

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