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Dublin: 14°C Saturday 16 October 2021

A rainfall warning just kicked in for western counties - and it will be windy everywhere

Gusts of up to 110km are expected.

IT WILL BECOME increasingly windy today as a system of low pressure moves in from the Atlantic. Rain will develop throughout the afternoon too, with a risk of spot flooding in Connacht and Ulster.

A rainfall warning issued last evening kicked in at 9am this morning.

It covers:

  • Donegal
  • Galway
  • Leitrim
  • Mayo
  • Sligo

Accumulations of 30 to 50mm are expected in those counties “with the highest totals on mountains”.

A wind warning begins at midday, meanwhile for:

  • Donegal
  • Galway
  • Leitrim
  • Mayo
  • Sligo
  • Clare
  • Cork
  • Kerry

“A developing low pressure system in the Atlantic will track towards Ireland today bringing a period of strong and gusty winds to all provinces,” the latest update to Met Éireann’s warning said. 

Winds will be strongest in Atlantic coastal counties with westerly winds expected to reach mean speeds of 55 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h.
Winds will be strongest in exposed hilly and coastal areas with very high seas expected along the coast during this period.

shutterstock_636324545 Storm clouds gather over the sea near Castletownbere in Cork. Source: Shutterstock/Shailpik Biswas

The Irish Coast Guard has also issued a warning, urging people to stay away from exposed coastal areas during the windy weather.

“Remember to Stay Back, Stay High and Stay Dry,” the advisory says.

If you see someone in difficulty in the sea, on the shore dial 999/112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

There will be occasional sunny spells in counties not affected by the heavy rain this morning.

The forecast for tomorrow is for a cool and blustery day.

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