Further wind warning issued with unsettled spell to continue

Met Éireann has issued a further Status Yellow wind warning and forecasted that the current unsettled spell will continue – though it will become slightly milder.

The warning applies to counties Donegal, Galway and Mayo, and comes into effect at 9:00pm tonight (Monday, February 15), being in place for 12 hours until 9:00am Tuesday morning.

In these counties, winds will reach mean speeds of 50kph to 65kph, with gusts of 90kph to 110kph. Where winds are onshore, there is a risk of coastal flooding.

For the country in general today, it will be largely cloudy this morning with scattered showers extending across the country, bringing a risk of isolated thunderstorms. The showers will gradually clear northeastwards through the morning with drier, brighter conditions following.

It will be mostly dry this afternoon with hazy bright spells and just a few isolated showers. Highest temperatures will be 10° to 13° in moderate to fresh southerly winds.

In the evening, southerly winds will gradually strengthen, becoming very windy in the west with a band of rain extending from the southwest as the evening progresses.

A band of showery rain in the west and southwest will quickly cross the country overnight, followed by blustery or thundery showers, mainly over the western half of the country. Lowest temperatures tonight will be 5° to 8° in fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds, with gale force winds for a time on Atlantic coasts.

There will be widespread blustery showers tomorrow morning (Tuesday, February 16), with bright and sunny spells developing and moderate to fresh and gusty southwesterly winds. Showers will continue for much of the day, heavy at times during the afternoon, with the risk of isolated thunderstorms, before becoming more isolated later as winds ease too.

Highest temperatures tomorrow will be 8° to 11°. Cloud will increase from the southwest during the evening ahead of rain pushing in along with freshening southerly winds.

Tuesday night will be blustery, with rain in the southwest, moving northeastwards across the country and followed by widespread showers. Lowest temperatures will be 3° to 6° with fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds.

Wednesday (February 17) will see sunny spells and scattered blustery showers, most frequent in the west and south, with a risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms. It will hold mainly dry in the east with isolated showers.

It will become cloudier later in the afternoon, as more persistent rain arrives in southern counties. Highest temperatures will be 6° to 9° in moderating southerly winds.

There is some uncertainty for Wednesday night, as a low pressure system is indicated to move up from the south, bringing widespread rain with a risk of flooding in places along with some strong winds. There is the possibility of some sleet and snow falls too. Lowest temperatures are expected to be 0° to 3°.

Thursday (February 18) will see a wet and windy start, with rain across much of the country, heavy in places but clearing the northeast during the morning with scattered showers following for a time. It will become largely dry for the afternoon. Highest temperatures will be °5 to 9°.

Light to moderate westerly winds will back southerly and freshen during the evening as rain once again moves in to the southwest. It will become very windy overnight on Thursday, as rain extends to all areas, with some wintry falls possible in the north and west. Lowest temperatures overnight will be 1° to 6°.