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Dublin: 4 °C Friday 19 April, 2019

Heavy rain and severe winds expected tonight as Storm Doris nears Ireland

A weather warning is in place until tomorrow at 11am.

Updated 9.20pm

THREE WEATHER WARNINGS will come into effect tomorrow morning as Storm Doris blows in over Ireland from the Atlantic.

Met Éireann said the storm is to bring severe winds later tonight and into tomorrow morning – and that they will reach gale force along western and southern coasts.

This evening, it said that minimum temperatures will be 1 – 5C. Rain will turn to sleet and snow in parts of Ulster on hills.

A Status Orange wind warning for eastern counties was issued this evening and will come into effect tomorrow morning at 5am until 9am.

The warning applies to counties Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.

In an update, Met Éireann said:

Winds may increase higher than the general yellow warning, in eastern areas, for a time, later tonight and early Thursday morning, with northwest winds of mean winds of 70 to 80 km/h giving gusts up to 110 to 120km/h possible.

A Status Yellow is in place across Ireland, with winds increasing to speeds of 45 to 65km/h with peak gusts in exposed areas of 90 – 110km/h.

Doris will bring with it rain that will be widespread and will be particularly heavy in the northern half of the country.  Cold conditions will mean the possibility of sleet in some areas and even snow on higher ground.

A separate Status Yellow rainfall warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo came into effect at 9pm this evening.

It is predicted that 25 to 50mm of rain will fall in these areas.

Temperatures overnight will fall to between 1 to 5 degrees celsius.

Tomorrow will remain windy but it will be a brighter day as Doris moves northwards over Scotland towards the North Sea.

In the UK, the Met Office said that the storm will bring with it snow of up to 20 – 30cm over parts of southern Scotland tomorrow.

With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald and Aoife Barry.

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