Met Éireann latest weather severe warning with relentless rain

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MET éIREANN WEATHER

Siobhan Ryan presents Met Éireann forecast on RTÉ

Met Éireann has warned of severe damaging winds and relentless in its weather latest forecast.

In her bulletin, after the 9pm RTÉ news forecaster, Siobhan Ryan put the country on notice of a very bad weekend of weather which is set to make the biggest impact on Saturday.

"We're looking at some severe weather on the way. We've got two high-end yellow warnings in play for 30 to 50 mm of rainfall as of midnight (Friday).

"There will be a lot of surface water with localised flooding on a very widespread and very windy conditions particularly for the south and east first thing tomorrow but then later in the day as those winds veer around to a west north-west direction we are looking at some severe gusts maybe even teetering into the Orange," she said.

The meteorologist said the weather is caused by vast areas of low pressures in the Atlantic.

She said the heaviest of rain would fall right through Saturday into the evening with 'really severe winds' moving in through the evening bringing damaging gusts.

Charts shown by the forecaster described the rain as 'relentless'.

She said the weather would improve on Sunday looking brighter and drier.

WARNINGS ISSUED

Status Yellow - Rainfall warning for Ireland
Heavy rain during Saturday will lead to accumulations of 30 to 50mm with some mountainous areas exceeding these limits.

Issued: Friday 14 December 2018 10:00

Updated: Friday 14 December 2018 10:00

Valid from Saturday 15 December 2018 00:01 to Saturday 15 December 2018 23:59
Status Yellow - Wind warning for Ireland
South to southeast winds will increase to reach 55 to 60 km/h during Saturday morning, strongest in the east. 

Later Saturday afternoon or evening winds veer west to northwest and further increase to reach 55 to 65 km/h with severe gusts of 90 to 110 km/h, possibly exceeding these limits for a time.

Issued: Friday 14 December 2018 10:00

Updated: Friday 14 December 2018 10:00

Valid from Saturday 15 December 2018 00:01 to Saturday 15 December 2018 23:59


MARINE WARNINGS
Status Orange - Gale Warning
Southeasterly winds will increase to gale force 8 or strong gale 9 tonight on coastal waters from Rossan Point to Howth Head to Hook Head and on the Irish Sea, extending to all coastal waters on Saturday morning.

West to northwest winds will increase to gale 8 or strong gale 9 during Saturday afternoon/evening on coastal waters from Hook Head to Loop Head to Erris Head, increasing to storm force 10, possibly violent storm 11 from Hook Head to Valentia.

Issued: Friday 14 December 2018 17:00

MET ÉIREANN FORECAST BELOW

TOMORROW - SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER
Wet and windy on Saturday with the risk of severe and potentially damaging gusts during the evening. The rain will be heavy and persistent at times with localised surface flooding possible. Maximum afternoon temperatures will range 7 to 11 degrees generally. Strong to gale force southeasterly winds will veer west to northwest during the course of the afternoon and evening.

NATIONAL OUTLOOK
The rain will clear tomorrow night and it will become mostly dry by morning. Temperatures will fall to near freezing as skies clear and strong westerly winds will gradually ease and back southerly.

Sunday will be a mostly dry day with just a few showers at the coasts. Temperatures will range between 5 and 7 degrees in the afternoon in mainly light southerly breezes. It'll be cold on Sunday night once again as temperatures fall to between zero and plus 3 degrees.

After a dry start on Monday, increasing southerly winds will be accompanied by another spell of heavy rain. The winds will ease later in the day as the rain clears to showers from the west. Temperatures will range between 9 and 11 degrees during the day, falling to between 4 and 6 degrees on Monday night. 

The rain will linger in the east for a time on Tuesday before the clearer weather in the west extends through. Winds will be light to moderate south or southwesterly. 

The further outlook for the midweek period is for continued unsettled conditions with showers mostly affecting western coastal areas. Winds mainly moderate south to southwesterly in direction.