Batten down the hatches: Met Éireann issue warning to 7 counties

Batten down the hatches: Met Éireann issue warning to 7 counties

With a cold blast of weather and even snow showers forecast for later this week, Ireland will also have to bear the brunt of Storm Caroline that is expected to hit the United Kingdom in the coming days. Met Éireann says, southerly winds of up to 65 km an hour are expected with gusts of up to 110km an hour along coastal areas.

Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry are included in both of the warnings, while Leitrim, Sligo and Clare are included in the second warning.

The yellow warning will be in place in Northern Ireland from midnight on Friday December 8 until 6pm December 9.

Severe weather warnings for savage 80mph gusts, torrential rain, icy conditions and eight inches of snow have been issued by the forecaster.

The UK's next named storm is expected to see winds gusting to 80mph north-facing coasts, and reaching speeds of 60mph to 70mph across northern and north east Scotland.

Disruption to travel is likely, with rail and ferry cancellations possible.

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Coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities are likely to be affected by spray or large waves.

"North and northwest counties will be most at risk, as well as higher ground elsewhere".

The forecaster continued: "Thursday night will be bitterly cold and windy, with clear spells and wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow, most frequent in Ulster, Connacht and in west Munster, but in other areas also".

The easterly winds often freeze Britain for a week or more, with ice and snow flurries plus more widespread snow dumps when moist Atlantic fronts hit the cold air.

It's nothing unusual for Scotland for this time of year but Perth is expected to have high winds and possibly snow showers on Friday.

"Minimum temperatures will be between -2C and 2C, with frost and icy stretches, especially in places sheltered from the fresh north-westerly wind".

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