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May misery continues as more rain on way

THE storms that ravaged the country are gone but rain and bitterly cold breezes are on the way for the weekend.

Us President Barack Obama had to hold on tight yesterday as his podium was nearly blown away in College Green but that "extreme" weather is expected to ease.

Trees were uprooted and umbrellas were destroyed in yesterday's 120kph storm-force winds, but lighter winds and more rain is on the horizon.

"Yesterday's storm-force winds were fairly extreme for this time of year," a Met Eireann spokesman said.

"It's going to stay very unsettled, I'm afraid, and while the wind will ease, everyone should keep the umbrella at the ready for plenty of rain.





Unsettled

"A new area of low pressure will arrive from the Atlantic tonight and tomorrow bring wet and windy conditions, nothing of the scale of yesterday but still very unsettled.

"Showers will continue on Thursday, some will be heavy and prolonged and the wind will come from the north, making it bitterly cold in exposed areas.

"We are going to be hit by plenty of weather systems over the weekend but they will mostly affect the western part of the country."

April broke records for sunshine and dry weather but it has been followed by a cold, wet and windy May.

hnews@herald.ie