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Dublin: 4 °C Friday 21 February, 2020
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'Very strong winds' expected as weather warning issued for eight counties

Gusts of 90 to 110km/h are expected as a depression moves in from the west.

A ‘YELLOW ALERT’ weather warning has been issued for eight counties, with strong winds expected from late this afternoon.

The warning kicks in at 2pm and affects:

  • Dublin
  • Wexford
  • Wicklow
  • Clare
  • Cork
  • Kerry
  • Limerick
  • Waterford

According to Met Éireann, a deepening depression is expected to track eastwards across the centre of Ireland – from Galway to Dublin – this evening with a band of very strong winds on its southern and western flanks.

The windy weather will affect “coastal counties of the southwest, south and possibly parts of the east coast later,” according to the weather service.

Gusts of 90 to 110km/h are expected this afternoon in coastal counties of the southwest and south, Met Éireann says, “with the severe winds becoming northwesterly and possibly transferring to parts of the east coast later this evening or early tonight”.

Winds will be at their strongest in exposed coastal areas. The weather warning lasts until midnight tonight.

Storm Doris Windy weather at Bull Island in Dublin. Source: Sam Boal

It will be wet in most areas by this afternoon too, with thundery showers in some areas.

The outlook for the coming days is for cool, unsettled weather – but there will still be a good deal of dry weather around as the rain will mostly fall as showers.

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