Urgent Weather Warning Issued As Storm Irene Begins Reign Of Terror

Sunny weather. Pic Leah Farrell

Sunny weather. Pic Leah Farrell

Met Éireann is forecasting up to 50 milimetres of rain in Clare over the 24 hour period from 9 o'clock this morning, with localised spot flooding a possibility.

After the announcement that there was two weather warnings on the way to Ireland, expert Weather Forecaster, Barra Best, has told the public to prepare for Storm Irene which is heading to our little country at a rapid speed. Strong and squally south to southeast winds with gales along Atlantic coasts.

A wind warning is in place for the entire country until 6am on Tuesday.

"Overnight lows of 9 or 10 degrees Celsius". However, later in the night, the rain will clear to scattered showers over the western half of the country.

"Very mild with highs of 14C to 17C, but breezy / windy in fresh and gusty southerly breezes".

The first signs of summer are finally set to arrive this week
The first signs of summer are finally set to arrive this week

The warmest weather will hit Ireland on Wednesday with highs of around 18 Celsius in parts, with Thursday and Friday set to follow a similar trend with mostly dry conditions and pleasant temperatures abound.

Met Éireann said Tuesday will be wet at first over eastern counties but it will brighten up later in the day with highest temperatures of between 13 and 16 degrees.

However, throughout the course of the day sunny spells will begin to develop in most areas, with temperatures reaching 13C to 16C.

"There will be rain on Wednesday morning in western counties counties, but this will should become more confined to the coastal areas in the afternoon". It will be a bit cloudier in the west with a risk of some rain or drizzle along the coast.

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