Be warned: Storm Agnes on the way!

by Rose Barrett
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Baton down the hatches as Storm Agnes is on the way, warns Met Eireann.

A wet and blustery start to the morning with outbreaks of heavy rain pushing east accompanied by strong southerly winds. Brighter conditions with sunshine and scattered showers in the west will extend eastwards to all parts of the country by late morning. Some of the showers may be heavy and thundery with highest temperatures of 14 to 18 degrees in fresh and gusty southwest winds.

It’s definitely time to take in the summer gazebo and sunshades, and any garden features that could be carried and damaged by the impending winds.

Showers will become isolated in most areas early tonight with many areas becoming dry and clear for a time. While, rain will get heavier in the south, by Wednesday am, it’s a case of ‘Wet, Wet, Wet’ for all the country by Wednesday morning, Dublin included!

The east and south will be hit by southeast gales developing along the coast.

Storm Agnes will track northwards over Ireland on Wednesday bringing disruption with it. So expect high winds and heavy outbreaks of rain – spot flooding likely.

Strong onshore winds and high seas will bring the risk of coastal flooding on eastern and southern coasts. Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees with strong to gale force southeast winds, veering westerly later in the day.

Staying windy on Wednesday night with strong and gusty westerly winds gradually easing as Storm Agnes tracks towards Scotland. Outbreaks of heavy rain in the northeast will give way to a mix of clear spells and scattered showers. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees.

It will be Thursday before the weather improves, with some bright spells and scattered showers on Thursday during the morning. By afternoon, a band of heavy rain will extend from the Atlantic, spreading eastwards across the country but clearing by evening.

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