By Kim O'Leary
Last night high gale force winds and heavy rain showers hit the country with the arrival of Storm Irene and for Co Kildare there was some localised flooding particularly on some back roads and there is still an alert for heavy rain in place for the county.
There are two status yellow weather warnings still in place for rain and the first alert expires at 11am and affects Kildare, South Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford and Wicklow. Meanwhile, the second alert second alert was lifted at 9am this morning and affects Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.
Met Eireann said: "Rainfall accumulations of 25 to 40mm expected over the period, with the potential for higher amounts on hills and mountains. Localised spot flooding possible."
This morning for Co Kildare the rain will start to clear from the east coast soon after dawn with some bright and sunny spells for the morning with isolated showers. The showers will become more widespread and heavier in the afternoon. Breezy with gusty southerly winds and highs of 14 to 16 degrees. According to Professor Peter O'Donnell of Irish Weather Online: "The last of the rain will end soon in eastern counties, then overcast skies will begin to break to partly cloudy with hazy sunshine at times, but heavy showers or thunderstorms could develop by afternoon and evening in parts of the south, spreading further north mostly to western counties, with warmer highs of 15 to 18 C. The winds will also ease to southerly 40 to 60 km/hr, freshening again by late afternoon in some western counties."
It will be mostly dry overnight with lows of 9 or 10 degrees. Moderate southerly winds.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, early morning drizzle and low cloud will lift and then the bulk of the day will be dry with good intervals of sunshine. However some patchy mist or drizzle may occur here and there near higher ground. Highs of 16 to 18 degrees in gusty southerly winds.
Meanwhile, Thursday had been tipped to host a mini-heatwave this week, but now forecasters say the temperatures on Friday could go even higher again. Speaking on RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland, Met Éireann forecaster John Eagleton said of the predicted heat; "There is not much sign yet, but it's coming."
The forecaster said they are "pretty certain" temperatures will hit 18 degrees Celsius on Thursday, but now believe temperatures on Friday "could go even higher to 19C and 20C.
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