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Storm winds on horizon ... Ophelia's here

HEAVY rain is expected to sweep into the east and south later today as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia whip up strong winds across Ireland.

Gale-force winds of up to 100kph are expected by tomorrow.

It comes at time of extremes in the weather -- last Wednesday was the hottest day of the year -- 25.6C -- while Saturday was the wettest, with 65mm of rain bucketing down on Dublin.

Met Eireann said persistent and heavy rain through Connaught and Ulster early today will spread southeastwards later on. However, after the heavy rains, cooler and brighter weather with scattered showers is expected to extend to all areas during the evening. The relatively balmy temperatures will give way to cold and strong winds tonight, with some heavy showers, mainly in western and northern areas, but well scattered elsewhere.

Tomorrow, Ophelia will still be about, and there will be wind and showers. It will be colder and there will be blustery rain and hail showers with a risk of thunder.

Strong to gale-force winds will persist, with gusts of 70 to 100kph. The weather will remain unsettled for the rest of the week. It will be cold and still very windy tomorrow night with occasional heavy rain and hail showers. The rain will be mainly confined to the west and north later in the night.

The very strong winds will weaken but there will still be strong winds on Friday morning It will remain cool on Friday but the winds will slacken. It will be dry and bright in most areas.

Temperatures will go back up for the weekend with cloud and rain, though there will be some sunny spells.

aokeeffe@herald.ie