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Justin Kelly

Disruption from severe conditions in Met Éireann weather forecast as violent system barrels towards us

Met Éireann is forecasting more disruption tonight as a violent weather system passes over the west coast of the country.

"Becoming wet and windy today as heavy and thundery rain spreads north and east across the country, leading to spot flooding," they said in Sunday's forecast.

"Strong and gusty southwest winds, with gale force gusts along Atlantic coasts, may lead to disruption tonight," they added.

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"The heavy rain will clear northeastwards early in the night, with clear spells following. Heavy showers will continue in the west and northwest. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees."

The news comes after Met Éireann issued a rare triple weather warning on Saturday for horrid conditions likely to last until Monday.

A status yellow warning for rain issued earlieron Saturday for Munster and Connacht reads: "From Sunday afternoon, a spell of heavy rain will move northwards along with strengthening southeasterly winds.

"Disruption is expected including spot flooding."

It's valid from 1pm to 10pm on Sunday.

Heavy rain conditions on Samuel bridge Dublin (Collins)

On top of that, there's a status yellow wind warning for Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo.

It warns: "Very windy on Sunday night and Monday morning with further heavy showers. Southeasterly winds, veering southwesterly will reach mean speeds of 50 - 65km/h with gusts of 90 - 110km/h, higher near coasts and exposed areas."

That kicks in as soon as the rain warning ends at 10pm and runs through until midday on Monday.

To top it all off for those of you in Kerry and Limerick, a wind warning for Sunday evening reads: "Very windy on Sunday night. Southerly winds, veering southwesterly will reach mean speeds of 50 - 65km/h with gusts of 90 - 110km/h, higher near coasts and exposed areas."

As a reprieve, Met Éireann is predicting that the rain will clear northwards overnight on Sunday into Monday, with clear spells following.

"Showers will continue in the west and northwest. Breezy with moderate to fresh southerly winds, strong along coasts. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees, coolest in Ulster," the latest forecast says.

Looking to next week, Met Éireann said: "A drier day on Monday with spells of sunshine and some showers in the north. Breezy at first with moderate to fresh southwest winds, easing mostly light later. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees.

"A cold, dry and mostly clear night. Some mist and fog will develop in light easterly or variable winds. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees, milder in the south.

"A good deal of dry weather [on Tuesday] with sunny spells for most, though it will turn cloudier through the day with some light rain and drizzle in southern areas. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees in moderate to fresh easterly winds."

Tuesday night will be "a breezy, mostly dry and clear night with cloud, rain or drizzle lingering in southern areas. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees in moderate to fresh easterly winds."

Wednesday will be mostly dry with sunny spells over the northern half over the country.

"Rain, heavy at times, will slowly push northwards from southern area through the day. Another windy day with fresh to strong easterly winds. Highest temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees."

Beyond that, forecasters say it will be "remaining unsettled late into the week, though current indications suggest high pressure will build for the weekend, bringing mostly dry and settled weather."


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