Status Orange coastal storm warning one of multiple weather warnings in effect as wind and rain batters Ireland 6 months ago

Status Orange coastal storm warning one of multiple weather warnings in effect as wind and rain batters Ireland

The weather is "part and parcel of Irish climate", an expert has said.

If you looked out the window on Thursday morning and decided to pack it in and return to bed... well, we don't blame you because it's miserable out there in many parts of the country.

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Three separate weather warnings are in effect for a number of counties and two marine warnings are also active for all the coasts of Ireland.

A Status Yellow rainfall warning is in place for Clare, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Galway and Mayo.

The warning came into effect at midnight and remains in place until 12am on Friday as Met Éireann warned of rainfall amounts of 30 to 50 mm in some areas with localised flooding.

Meanwhile, two separate Status Yellow wind warnings are in place for Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford.

The warning affecting Cork and Kerry came into effect at midnight and remains in place until 12am on Friday, warning of winds reaching mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h, with gusts of 80 to 110 km/h.

The warning for Wexford and Waterford came into effect at 5am on Thursday and remains in place until 4pm on Thursday afternoon.

Along the coasts, a Status Yellow gale warning is in effect for all coasts of Ireland and on the Irish Sea and remains in place until 12am on Friday.

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A Status Orange storm force warning is also in effect from Mizen Head to Valentia until 7pm on Thursday evening.

Why are we getting this awful weather in May, we hear you ask?

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Emeritus Professor of Geography at Maynooth University John Sweeney said Irish people have to accept this weather is "part and parcel of Irish climate" in any year.

Thanks John, that makes us feel a lot better.