Storm Alex to bring wet and windy weather to Ireland in the coming days
Thanks a lot, Alex.
On the back of what has been a half decent month of September on the weather front, it seems as if the arrival of October will herald a deterioration in conditions, for the start of the month at least.
On Wednesday, Met Éireann announced that Storm Alex, which has been named by Météo France, will make its presence felt over large parts of western Europe for the remainder of this week.
Including Ireland, of course.
Storm Alex has been named by @meteofrance
See its development on our new wind and streamlines product. The colours use the warning levels of yellow, orange and red for wind speeds.
Latest forecast for Ireland: https://t.co/9gKN6SVok4 pic.twitter.com/EE5XxS367l
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) September 30, 2020
While no weather warnings have been issued just yet, Met Éireann did say that Storm Alex and associated lows and fronts will bring wet and windy weather across France, Britain and Ireland over the rest of the week.
The national forecaster had already predicted plenty of heavy rain between now and the weekend, with heavy spells likely on Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening and again on Thursday, when they will become widespread across the country after starting in the west.
Hail showers and even isolated thunderstorms are also possible in places on Thursday, while after a dry and bright start on Friday morning, showers will affect parts of Leinster, northwest Connacht and Ulster as the day goes on.
There looks set to be some respite on Saturday morning, but at some point during the day – Met Éireann says there is uncertainty over the exact timing – cloud will thicken from the northeast and spread throughout the country, bringing plenty of heavy rain and potential for flooding in places.
Heavy rain should be confined to Munster and south Leinster on Sunday, but the early forecast for next week is for more unsettled weather from Tuesday after “a brief window of a drier more settled spell on Monday”.