Status Yellow Wind warning for the country comes into effect

A Status Yellow wind warning has come into effect (11am) for the whole country with the expectation of southeasterly winds reaching reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h possible. The alert is in place until 6pm today (Saturday)

Highest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees. Tonight, according to Met Eireann, will see clear spells develop with isolated showers overnight. Lows of 5 to 7 degrees, in fresh and gusty southerly winds.

TOMORROW - SUNDAY 21ST FEBRUARY

Sunny spells and mostly dry on Sunday morning with the risk of an isolated passing shower in the afternoon. Highs of 8 to 11 degrees in a moderate to fresh southwesterly breezes.

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

Summary: After a brief respite it will become very wet and windy again on Monday night and Tuesday. There will be a growing flood risk as rain will likely persist in parts of the south and east through Wednesday also. Current indications are that more settled conditions will build over the country later in the week.

Sunday night: Mostly dry with clear spells and just the risk of an isolated shower along western coasts. Lowest temperatures of 1 to 5 degrees, coolest in the south east with a risk of frost and some fog patches in light to moderate southerly breezes.

Monday: Mostly dry day with good sunny spells. Cloud will increase through the afternoon with rain arriving in the southwest later in the evening. Highs of 9 to 11 degrees in moderate southerly winds, backing south-easterly and strengthening later in the day.

Monday night: Becoming wet and very windy in all areas Monday night as rain spreads from the west to all parts and southerly winds increase fresh to strong and gusty south to southeast, with gales on Atlantic coasts. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees.

Tuesday: A very wet and windy day across the country with rain becoming heavy and persistent, bringing a risk of flooding. The rain will begin to clear the west by late afternoon. Highs of 11 to 13 degrees, in fresh to strong southerly winds moderating by evening.

Tuesday night: Rain will clear all but the south coast early in the night however a further pulse of heavy rain will spread to Munster and Leinster with the flood risk continuing. Generally drier conditions will prevail elsewhere. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 8 degrees in moderate to fresh southerly winds.

Wednesday: Further spells of rain will continue to affect parts of Munster and Leinster with the sustained risk of flooding. However there will be generally drier conditions further northwest with occasional bright spells. Highs of 9 to 12 degrees in light to moderate southerly winds.

Wednesday night: Rain will gradually clear east early to leave a mostly dry night with clear spells developing. Lowest temperatures of 1 to 5 degrees with a risk of frost and some fog patches in light southerly or variable breezes.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with some sunny spells and the risk of a few showers mainly in the south of the country. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees in light variable breezes.

LATER NEXT WEEK: Current indications suggest our weather will become drier and more settled later in the week and into the weekend, with lighter winds and temperatures remaining near average.

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