Met Éireann Status Orange Weather Alert: Flood and precipitation warning for five counties

Met Éireann has issued a status orange rain warning for five counties, urging locals to be on the alert ahead of flooding.

The warning, which comes into effect at 10pm tonight for Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow, will apply until midnight on Thursday.

This comes as the national forecaster has issued a status yellow rain warning for Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary, taking effect at 10pm tonight and valid until 10pm on Wednesday.

The forecaster said there is a possibility of thunderstorm rain and localized flooding, which will cause disruption in all eight counties listed above.

“Heavy rains on Tuesday evening, Wednesday and Wednesday evening with the possibility of thunderstorm rain will lead to local flooding,” the meteorologist said.

“Disruptions are likely.”

A low pressure band from the southwest means a wet and windy week for the country, most likely to continue into the weekend.

Today will be a mostly dry and sunny day for much of the country, cloudier in the southwest with occasional rain or drizzle. Later windy with moderate to brisk east to southeast winds becoming brisk to strong with maximum temperatures between 12°C and 16°C.

“Then there will be some heavy falls and downpours, we have issued a yellow rain warning from Tuesday night to Wednesday night,” said Met Éireann forecaster Aoife Kealy.

The rain will stop briefly on Wednesday morning before picking up again in the afternoon. It will be heaviest and most intractable in the south and southwest, where local flooding is again a possibility.

The maximum temperatures are between 11°C and 15°C, easterly winds are fresh to strong and gusty.

Ms Kealy warned people in counties where a warning has been issued that the heavy rains will cause some local flooding.

“Localized flooding could occur with this type of northbound rainfall. They see a fairly wet start to Wednesday with heavy rain in many places.

“There will be a lull in the rain on Wednesday afternoon and it will break up a bit, it will drier briefly but it will be short lived.

“After the first band of heavy rain, another will follow, and this low pressure hanging in the southwest will continue to feed these heavy falls.”

The forecaster said although temperatures will remain in the low to mid teens, it will feel cooler at times due to heavy rain and wind.

She added that although the forecast for the coming weekend is uncertain, the rain is likely to continue.

“[The pressure] is coming from the south so the air will be mild but with the rain and wind it won’t feel warm,” Ms Kealy said.

“The low pressure bringing the rain isn’t going too far so we could see it continuing through the end of the week and possibly into the weekend, there’s some uncertainty out there but there’s no sign of calming down. “

Many places will be dry on Thursday with sunny intervals, cloudier weather in the south will rain and drizzle over southern counties. The highest temperatures are between 14°C and 16°C with moderate to fresh southeast to east winds.

On Friday there will be large showers or longer rain showers with a release from the south in the evening. The highest temperatures are between 15°C and 16°C with moderate to fresh east to south-east winds. Met Éireann Status Orange Weather Alert: Flood and precipitation warning for five counties

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