Wet and windy weather to continue

The wet and windy weather experienced at the weekend is set to continue over the coming days, according to Met Eireann.

A Status Yellow weather warning has been issued and will come into into effect at 5:00pm this evening (Monday, February 12).

A spell of wet and windy weather, with a risk of thundery downpours, is forecast to sweep eastwards over the country during this evening and tonight.

Gusts of between 90kph and 110kph are likely to occur along some coastal fringes for a time. There will be a danger of additional accumulations of snow during the period also, mainly in parts of west Ulster and north Connacht.

The warning will remain valid up until 6:00am tomorrow morning (Tuesday, February 13).

Despite this weather warning, Met Eireann believes that field conditions should improve somewhat in the coming week. But, most soils are saturated at the moment on account of the heavy rainfall.

Drying conditions will be good due to windy conditions; but, it will be hampered by wet and cold weather at times. Meanwhile, spraying conditions will be mostly poor due to windy conditions and rain or showers.

Forecast

It is set to be cold and frosty this morning, with icy patches; some bright and sunny spells may also develop.

There will be a possibility of some scattered wintry showers also, mainly in the western half of the country.

The showers will become isolated this afternoon, with most areas dry for a time. However, cloud will increase from the Atlantic, with strengthening southerly winds.

A spell of heavy, thundery rain is forecast to form on west and south-west coasts towards evening, spreading eastwards later. Maximum temperatures of between 5º and 8º are expected.

Later this evening and tonight, heavy rain will extend gradually from the west – with locally thundery downpours and a risk of spot flooding.

The rain may turn to sleet in some parts as it extends eastwards – with a risk of snow, especially over high ground. Clearer weather, with scattered wintry showers, will follow gradually from the Atlantic and the strong southerly winds will veer northwesterly and moderate, Met Eireann added.

Temperatures could drop to just below freezing overnight; there will be a risk of some frost and icy stretches developing towards dawn.