The public are advised to prepare for localized flooding and disruption as Met Éireann today issued orange status rain warnings for five counties – Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow – with yellow warnings for 11 others – Cavan, Monaghan, Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly and Tipperary.
Heavy rain is expected here throughout Wednesday and Thursday, with the possibility of thunderstorm rain causing local flooding and likely disruption in areas covered by the orange alert, which will last until midnight on Wednesday, the forecaster said .
Residents of areas covered by the yellow warning, which is also in effect until midnight on Wednesday, are being told heavy rain is expected on Wednesday, with possible thunderstorms that will also cause local flooding and some disruption.
There is also a small boat status warning for all coasts until 7am Thursday, with south east to east winds increasing and at times reaching force 6 or higher.
The traffic safety authority advised road users to exercise caution.
“Road users in areas impacted by the orange heavy rain warnings are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before embarking on any journey,” the RSA said.
“Drivers have to slow down when it is wet and allow for a longer braking distance to the vehicle in front. This is particularly important on high-speed roads such as dual carriageways and freeways where there is an increased risk of aquaplaning.”
It also advised caution when driving behind trucks and staying behind; Don’t try to drive on flooded roads.
“If the road ahead is flooded, take a different route, don’t try to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear flat may be deeper than you think. The rim may have subsided, and trees or branches may also have fallen that may not be visible,” the RSA said.
After driving through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps dry the brakes, the RSA advised, adding that motorists should always use dipped headlights.
The RSA also advised pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to wear light-colored or high-visibility clothing and walk on the right-hand side of the road and face traffic when there are no footpaths.
In its forecast for today, Met Éireann said outbreaks of heavy or thundery rain would move north this morning, causing local flooding, with some dry spells in the afternoon.
It will be “very windy and stormy with fresh to strong and gusty east winds,” said the meteorologist, with highs of 11 to 15 degrees.
Wednesday evening will see more heavy rain and possible thunderstorms moving north across the country, causing local flooding.
Dryer conditions from the south will follow, with strong south-east winds also easing overnight with lows of 9 to 12 degrees.
Thursday morning will be mostly dry with the possibility of scattered showers.
However, there will be rain in the southwest and south in the afternoon and evening, with winds in the southwest becoming fresh to strong, with highs of 15 to 17.
Thursday night will be wet in many areas with some heavy rain and fresh winds in lows from 11am to 1pm.
Friday will be mostly cloudy with showers, some heavy with winds later easing and highs of 14-16.
Saturday’s rain in the northwestern areas will gradually clear as the day progresses, with most areas getting dry and bright weather, windy with highs of 14 – 17. However, rain will spread from the south in the afternoon and overnight.
Sunday and beyond is likely to get wet again, the forecaster predicted.
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