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Tuesday 25 June 2019

100kph winds to batter city - but sun will be out for Easter

Wind and rain is expected
Wind and rain is expected

Winds of up to 100kph are expected to lash Dublin today - but forecasters predict we'll be basking in 23C sunshine by Easter weekend.

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for Dublin - also covering Kildare, Laois, Wexford and other parts of the country - as gusts are likely to reach three figures.

This alert is in place until 5pm this evening.

"A lot of people are on Easter holidays, so they could see some tree branches down due to the winds," said Met Eireann forecaster Liz Walsh.

Afternoon temperatures will reach up to 10C but Met Eireann is predicting balmy weather for Easter Sunday.

"By this evening we are all done [with the poor weather]," Ms Walsh added.

"As we progress into the week, it's going to start getting warmer.

"By Easter weekend, we could see temperatures of up to 23C - a much better outlook for the holiday weekend.

"So we just have to get through this period and the weather should be warm and settled."

Rain

Tonight, rain will gradually become confined to eastern coastal areas and the strong winds will ease. Temperatures will drop as low as 4C.

Temperatures on Good Friday afternoon are expected to range from 15C along exposed coasts to as high as 18C and 20C elsewhere.

Night-time temperatures will be up to 8C.

Three other weather alerts are ongoing until this evening, with an orange rainfall alert for Cork and Waterford in place until 6pm tonight.

Heavy rain and strong winds could see flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

Met Eireann has urged motorists to slow down, especially on motorways.

Rainfall will be highest along the south coast and on higher ground.

"We're in a period of unsettled weather and there'll be high rainfall in Cork and Waterford," Ms Walsh said.

"The bordering counties are at risk of seeing high rainfall in comparison to the rest of the country, which will be relatively sheltered."

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