Met Éireann issues status yellow weather warning for three counties
“Gusty cyclonic variable winds” had already been forecast to arrive on Thursday.
Met Éireann has issued a status yellow wind warning for Clare, Cork and Kerry ahead of the arrival of gusts of up to 110 km/h overnight on Wednesday and into Thursday morning.
The warning, issued on Wednesday morning, comes into effect at 11pm on Wednesday night and will remain in place until midday on Thursday.
Met Éireann says “very windy conditions” are expected to develop while the warning is in effect.
Southerly winds veering west to northwest will reach mean speeds of 55 to 65km/h at times, with gusts of 90 to 110km/h, highest in coastal areas and on exposed hills and mountains where, Met Éireann has warned, winds may temporarily exceed these thresholds.
Given the time of year with many trees in full leaf, there is a greater potential for wind-related impacts, the forecaster also warned.
The weather warning comes following a forecast of heavy thundery bursts of rain on Wednesday evening and Thursday and “gusty cyclonic variable winds” on Thursday, what is shaping up to be the worst day of week.
In more promising news, the weekend is shaping up to be far more pleasant, with plenty of dry spells, only occasional showers and temperatures reaching as high as 16 degrees on Sunday.