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05th Dec 2023

Several counties hit with weather warning over flooding risk

Stephen Porzio


Over 50mm of rainfall is possible over 24 hours in some parts of the country, one weather expert has said.

Though Met Éireann multi-day weather advisory for freezing conditions has since passed, the Irish meteorological service has issued a fresh warning over possible “flooding”.

Issued on Tuesday (5 December), the Status Yellow rainfall warning applies to Carlow, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow and is set to take effect from 10am on Wednesday until 1pm on Thursday.

“Spells of heavy rain spreading eastwards will be accompanied by strong and gusty southeasterly winds,” the alert reads.

Met Éireann lists the “potential impacts” of the conditions as “localised flooding”, “difficult travelling conditions” and “poor visibility”.

Several counties hit with weather warning over flooding risk

Meanwhile, Carlow Weather wrote on Twitter: “Over 50mm possible in 24 hours for some high ground areas from 9am Wednesday to 9am Thursday as we head back into a risk of flooding.

“Over 30mm for many South and Southeast areas.”

On top of the Met Éireann alert, the UK Met Office has also issued a Status Yellow warning for Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down and Tyrone.

It is set to be valid from 7pm on Wednesday until 4am on Thursday.

In terms of the rest of the week, Met Éireann’s national forecast reads: “Transitioning to a milder and more mobile Atlantic regime through the rest of this week and this weekend.”

As for the weekend specifically, it adds: “Atlantic low pressure looks set to dominate bringing further spells of wet and windy weather with temperatures near or slightly above average for the time of year.”

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