Storm Alex to bring wet and windy weather in the coming days

Storm Alex is expected to bring wet and windy weather across much of the country later this week.

The storm, which will move up from the north-west of France on Thursday night into Friday morning (October 2), has been officially named by the meteorological office in France.

Strong wind gusts are expected to hit Ireland later on Friday as a result.

Met Éireann has advised: “Storm Alex and associated lows and fronts are forecast to bring wet and windy weather across France, Britain and Ireland over the rest of the week.”

Rain on Friday and Saturday (October 3) may cause flooding in some parts, but the wet weather will ease again on Sunday; however, it will remain blustery with some strong gusts.

On Saturday wet and windy weather looks likely to spread from the north-east during the day, although there is still some uncertainty in the exact timing.

Cloud will thicken from the north-east and rain will develop in parts of Ulster and Leinster.

It will become cloudy further south and west also, with rain arriving there too, possibly overnight on Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Met Éireann says heavy falls are likely, and there is potential for flooding. Northwesterly winds will be moderate to fresh over land, strong to gale force at the coasts.

The highest temperatures will range from 11 to 13°.

Looking ahead to next week, Met Éireann said current indications suggest a brief window of a drier more settled spell on Monday, but turning more unsettled again from Tuesday onwards.