Met Éireann has issued an early wind warning for two counties on Thursday with brutal conditions to bring strong winds to the west coast.
The Status Yellow warning was issued on Tuesday evening for Galway and Mayo as the two Connacht counties brace for extreme winds on Thursday.
Met Éireann warns: "South to southwest winds will become very strong on Thursday with gusts up to 110km/hr." The warning will come into effect for the two counties at 11am on Thursday and will be valid until 6pm Thursday evening.
Further warnings are possible elsewhere with conditions taking a turn for the worse later in the week before an unseasonable reprieve next week.
Met Éireann says there will be "bright spells and scattered showers on Wednesday morning, the showers mainly affecting the west. The showers will become more isolated by afternoon. However, cloud will build from the west through the afternoon and evening with outbreaks of rain and drizzle developing in Atlantic coastal counties. Highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees in strengthening southwest winds."
Thursday is expected to be mild, humid and blustery with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees in fresh to strong southwest winds.
Thursday night will be "cloudy with rain turning more persistent and possibly heavy at times with a risk of localised flooding." It will be a very mild night with lowest temperatures of 13 to 15 degrees in moderate to fresh southerly winds.
Friday will be another mild and cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, most persistent and heaviest over the western half of the country with localised flooding, according to the latest forecast.
Met Éireann's forecast for next week says: "There is growing confidence in high pressure building over Ireland from the east which, while maintaining above average temperatures, should lead to lower rainfall and more settled conditions overall and the flow will be south to southeasterly.
"The potential for warning will reduce and the land will have time to recover from weeks of above average rainfall. Hazards may include an increase potential for fog as winds will be lighter overall."
A UK Met Office meteorologist said: “Through the middle of November, there is a trend for high pressure coming in from the continent and starting to take over.”
A ‘dome of warmth’ which will drive the warm spell will be thrust towards Britain and Ireland from the Continent by the jet stream.
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