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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Rain, wind, hail and frost are all set to hit

WRAP up well for an 'Atlantic assault' this week.

Strong gusting winds and driving rain, topped off by hail and frost towards the end of the week, marks the arrival of winter.

However, Met Eireann said today that while it will be wet, blustery and windy, it is nothing we haven't seen before.

"It is typical November weather," a Met Eireann forecaster said. "It will be wet and windy but in no way a stormy week."

While parts of the west coast could see winds gusting up to 120 kms/hr at times, Thursday looks like being "quite a wet day with fairly strong winds".

There was also the possibility of localised floods on Thursday, but nothing on the scale of October's floods.

Unsettled

"This week will be wet, windy and blustery with rainfall and some strong winds at times," he said.

There was nothing to indicate it would be of a magnitude that would cause damage.

While Britain is braced for "an Atlantic assault," sparked by low pressure, Ireland looks like seeing a very unsettled week of rain, sunshine and wind.

The wet and windy weather experienced by many places around the country today came with "rather mild" temperatures of 12C and 13C.

But tonight, more rain will spread from the southwest, turning heavy in places by morning and bringing fog to the hills, Met Eireann said.

Tomorrow will start wet and "very windy" in places, but the rain will clear during the morning and early afternoon with some bright spells.

But it will turn very windy again with "stormy conditions" developing.

mlavery@herald.ie

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