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Storm Antoni: First named storm of the season ahead of blustery bank holiday weekend

Three seperate weather warnings are in place for the majority of the country this evening and tomorrow.

LAST UPDATE | 4 Aug 2023

IT’S SET TO be a wet and windy start to the Bank Holiday weekend, with a named storm forecast to hit Ireland tonight.

Met Éireann has issued three separate weather warnings, two Status Yellow rain warnings and one status Yellow wind warning, which will be in place until tomorrow afternoon.

The first rain warning has been issued for the province of Connacht, and counties Clare and Tipperary. It will come into effect at 8pm this afternoon and remain in place until 8am tomorrow.

The second rainfall warning will come into effect at 6pm this evening for the entirety of the Leinster province and two counties, Monaghan and Cavan. It will be in place until 8am tomorrow morning.

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Spells of heavy rain are expected throughout, leading to the possibility of spot flooding, poor visibility and difficult travelling conditions. 

A wind warning, brought on by Storm Antoni, has been issued by the national meteorological service for Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Wexford beginning at 4am until 12pm tomorrow.

Met Éireann said that very strong north to northwest winds will bring gusts of up to 110 km per hour and could lead to falling branches, damage to temporary structures and difficult travelling conditions. 

The UK met office has issued a Status Yellow rain warning for Northern Ireland from midnight to midday tomorrow.

It said in a tweet that a storm would bring unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain to the UK tomorrow.

Met Éireann said it will be a mixed August Bank Holiday weekend, with wet and windy weather expected to be followed by sunshine and showers on Monday.

It will be mainly dry and bright to begin with today, with sunny spells and isolated showers.

Cloud will gradually thicken with outbreaks of rain developing in the west and southwest this afternoon, extending eastwards later, with spot flooding likely. Temperatures will reach 15 to 18 degrees.

It will be wet and blustery to begin with tomorrow, with outbreaks of heavy rain due to clear eastwards throughout the morning.

Brighter and drier conditions with scattered showers in the west will gradually extend to all parts by the early afternoon, with strong and gusty winds in the south set to ease by the early afternoon. Highs of 14 to 18 degrees are expected.

Sunday will be a bright day with a mix of sunshine and showers, which will be heaviest and most frequent in north and east. Temperatures will reach highs of 16 to 20 degrees.

It will be cloudy on Monday, with outbreaks of rain in the west and southwest spreading to all areas throughout the afternoon and evening.

The forecaster said the rain will be heavy in places, with potential for spot flooding.

It said temperatures will be cool for the time of year, with maximum temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees expected in light to moderate southerly winds.

Further outbreaks of rain are expected on Monday night, with temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees expected.

Additional reporting by Muiris O’Cearbhaill

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