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Election day will be wet. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Election day will be wet. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Election day will be wet. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Batten down the hatches because Storm Ciara is on the way.

Election day on Saturday is set to be wet and windy as the storm heads towards Ireland.

While it looks like Sunday will see the worst of the weather, it will be preceded by unsettled weather tomorrow and Saturday.

According to Met Eireann, the edge of the UK storm will cause heavy winds as well as more coastal flooding, while cold air from Canada will lower the mercury below zero.

Forecaster Matthew Martin said the combination of Storm Ciara and cold weather will result in very unsettled conditions.

"It looks like Sunday will see the worst of the weather with some very severe winds, and then later in the weekend we could see some wintry showers into Sunday and Monday," he told the Herald.

"Unsettled weather is expected to develop across Ireland and north-west Europe this weekend.

Deteriorate

"A further spell of heavy rain is expected on Saturday and this will be accompanied by strong and gusty winds with the possibility of status yellow warnings.

"Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate further on Sunday as Storm Ciara tracks to the north of Ireland.

"Storm Ciara is forecast to be a vigorous Atlantic storm system with an expansive wind field."

A combination of issues will also lead to freezing conditions and coastal flooding.

"As very cold air sweeps out of Canada, it's possible that there could be some snowfall," he said.

"The country will enter a period of spring tides. This will coincide with high seas and result in an elevated risk of coastal flooding."