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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Nationwide wind warning as gale force winds forecast

A lady shelters from the wind as she crossed the wooden bridge at Dublin's Dollymount
A lady shelters from the wind as she crossed the wooden bridge at Dublin's Dollymount

Met Eireann have issued a nationwide status yellow wind warning as they forecast gale force and gusty winds until this evening.

The national forecaster first issued the weather warning yesterday, but the warning will now remain in place until this evening.

West to north-west winds today will continue "strong to gale force and gusty", with gusts of up to 105km/hr in many areas.

AA Roadwatch are advising drivers to be aware of the possibility of fallen trees on the roads this morning.

Gardai are also advising continued care on the roads due to overnight blustery conditions.

Widespread showers are expected in the morning, at times heavy with the risk of hail and thunder, but they will ease towards the evening.

Top temperatures of just seven to nine degrees are expected.

However, despite the gale force winds today, the average temperatures are heating up for spring and hay fever sufferers have been warned to start taking their medication as the pollen count continues to rise.

The Asthma Society of Ireland is warning people to plan early this year.

As many as 80pc of Irish people with asthma also suffer from hay fever and the group's chief executive Sharon Cosgrove has said "preparation is vital" in tackling the allergy.

"Hay fever is a significant trigger for asthma and it is important to have a plan in place to manage both your asthma and allergies," she said.

Advice on how to avoid allergy triggers and cope with hay fever is available on the Asthma Adviceline on 1850 44 54 64.

The pollen forecast, supported by Dyson, will be available from April 1 on www.asthma.ie.

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