By Kim O'Leary
It's set to be generally unsettled today with rain showers and windy conditions being predicted for Co Kildare later this evening, with Met Eireann issuing two yellow alerts for today with a wind warning currently in place for the Kildare.
A status yellow wind warning has been issued for the entire country and will remain in place between 9am today and 6am on Tuesday. Gales will be coming in from the southwest at speeds of 50 and 65km/h and gusts between 80 and 110 km/h.
Widespread rain is expected to develop over the course of the day, turning persistent and heavy before nightfall.
1/2 Dry and bright in many places at first. However cloud will thicken with rain developing in Atlantic coastal counties during the morning in strong southerly winds. The rain and strong winds will spread eastwards to most places during the afternoon turning persistent and heavy. pic.twitter.com/IvS6cNp31D
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) April 16, 2018
Mostly dry and bright this morning with some sunny spells at first. Cloud will thicken with rain and strong southerly winds developing this afternoon. Afternoon temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees Celsius. Wet and very windy later this evening.
Tonight it will be very wet and windy with persistent and at times heavy rain, in strong to gale force and gusty southerly winds with some gusts of 90 or 100km/h in exposed places. Overnight lows of 9 or 10 degrees Celsius.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, the remaining heavy rain will clear away quickly in the morning and the rest of the day will be bright with sunny spells developing but some scattered showers also. Afternoon temperatures of 14 to 16 degrees Celsius but windy with strong and gusty southerly winds easing somewhat later.
Meanwhile, according to Professor Peter O'Donnell of Irish Weather Online the weather will start to pick up on Wednesday with temperatures predicted to reach "as high as 18 degrees Celsius with outbreaks of heavy and thundery showers in western counties, some sunny intervals central and eastern, lows 11 to 14 C, and highs 18 to 20 C except closer to 13 C near southeast and south coasts, in moderate southeast to south winds 40 to 60 km/hr. Potential for 10-20 mm rain near west coast and into parts of Ulster, but much less elsewhere. (southern parts of Britain will warm to record highs of 23 to 26 C). Thursday will see further but more isolated thundery showers and warm temperatures around 18 to 20 C. Lows 8 to 11 C where clear, and 11 to 14 C further west. (southern parts of Britain will remain very warm 23 to 26 C)."
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