Ireland is set to get hit by two named storms over the coming days with the north west most at risk.
A 24 hour Status Yellow wind warning comes into effect for all of Ireland from 12 noon Wednesday as Storm Dudley approaches with mean speeds of 50 – 65km/h with damaging gusts of 80 – 110km/h, stronger on exposed coasts and on high ground. A Status Orange warning will be in place for Donegal where winds could reach 130km/h.
On Friday Storm Eunice will make landfall and this storm will move from the southwest over the day bring rain, damaging high winds and snow fall.
No weather warnings are currently in place for Storm Eunice but this is due to change over the coming days.
Forecast as at Tuesday morning:
TODAY – TUESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY
A mostly dry start with some sunshine and a few showers lingering in the morning. Afternoon temperatures will range between 5 and 9 degrees in fresh westerly winds. Another more active spell of rain extends from the west during the afternoon then spreads throughout by evening, bringing rain, with heavy falls, and localised flooding possible.
Very wet tonight night with widespread rain continuing to bring a risk of flooding in places. The rain will eventually clear eastwards overnight followed by scattered showers. A cooler evening, but temperatures later tonight will range between 9 and 11 degrees in a strong westerly wind.
TOMORROW – WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY
Wednesday will be a very windy day. Winds will increase strong to gale force with stormy conditions likely to develop in exposed areas with the risk of some coastal flooding from wave overtopping. A wet day with scattered showers throughout, but they will clear later in the evening with highs of 10 to 13 degrees.
Headline: A very unsettled week ahead with the weather expected to cause some disruption at times so please keep up to date with our Met Eireann Warnings webpage.
Storm Dudley will track to the north of Ireland on Wednesday afternoon and evening. Warnings are in operation for the country. After a brief respite on Thursday, Storm Eunice looks likely to track up over Ireland later on Thursday night and during Friday, bringing with it the potential for some severe winds countrywide. It also has the potential to bring falls of snow.
Wednesday Night: A very windy and wet evening in store for many of us. Gale or strong gale force winds will affect areas in the far north of the country with blustery westerly winds elsewhere. Outbreaks of rain will become more persistent in the north of the country, but gradually ease further south with lows overnight of 2 to 4 degrees. Stormy conditions are likely to develop for a time around western and northern coastal areas with the risk of some coastal flooding from wave overtopping possible.
Thursday: Another wet day for western areas with brisk northwest winds bringing in plenty of showers for coastal areas in the west and north. It will be a little drier and brighter further east however with highs of 7 to 11 degrees.
Thursday night: A change to far more unsettled weather as a developing weather system from the southwest brings spells of rain which will be heavy at times along with strong and blustery winds. This will spread across the country through the evening and overnight and can be wintry at times too. The winds will be very strong and gusty with overnight lows of 1 to 3 degrees.
Friday: A very wet and blustery morning with outbreaks of rain and showers across the country where some of the showers could be wintry too. Sleet showers or snow flurries are possible on higher ground. A change to strong westerly winds with further showers feeding in from the west later in the day, some wintry too, with snow possible on higher ground in the west and north.
Weekend: It will remain very unsettled for the weekend with strong and blustery westerly winds feeding in plenty of showers across the country on Saturday and Sunday. The showers will be heavy at times too particularly on Sunday along Atlantic coastal counties.