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Public warned to exercise caution as 'unseasonably windy' weather on way

People are being urged to be mindful of tents, awnings and outdoor furniture.

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Updated Aug 11th 2021, 4:15 PM

A YELLOW WIND warning has been issued for eight counties along the west coast tomorrow as gusts of up to 90km/per hour are forecast.

Met Éireann issued the warning today for counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Kerry and Cork.

The meteorological service says tomorrow will be a “unseasonably windy” day, particularly along Atlantic coasts and in exposed areas.

The forecaster warned people to take extra care on seas and lakes as conditions will be choppy. It also urged people to be mindful of tents, awnings and outdoor furniture.

South to southeast winds veering southwest will reach mean speeds of up to 50 km/h with gusts of up to 90 km/h. Winds will be strongest along the coast, as well as exposed and higher terrain. Very rough seas are also expected.

The warnings will be in place from 6am to 3pm tomorrow, except in Kerry – where it will run from 8am to 11am – and Cork – where it will be in place from 9am to 1pm.

Yellow warnings are not unusual. Met Éireann uses them to make people aware of weather that does not pose a threat to the general population, but is potentially dangerous on a localised scale.

When yellow warnings are in place people are advised to check if they are exposed to any danger because of the activity they are doing or their location. They are also advised not to take any avoidable risks.

Coast Guard warning

Following the issuing of the wind warnings, the Irish Coast Guard is strongly advising the public to exercise caution. 

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The public is being advised to stay away from exposed beaches, cliffs and piers, harbour walls and promenades. 

The Irish Coast Guard said the unseasonable severe weather conditions will coincide with spring tides and rough to high seas, with the potential for wave overtopping and hazardous coastal conditions. 

The Coast Guard is encouraging the public to “stay back, stay high and stay dry”. 

If you see anyone in difficulty call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard. 

With reporting by Hayley Halpin

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