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Monday 16 July 2018

Stormy weather won't put dampener on our New Year celebrations

A walker strolls on a frozen boreen near Kippure, Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath
A walker strolls on a frozen boreen near Kippure, Co Wicklow. Photo: Frank McGrath

With a host of outdoor activities coming up to ring in the new year, people are being advised to dress warmly.

Weather warnings have been put in place as Storm Dylan is set to hit Dublin.

A status yellow wind warning came into effect at 9am yesterday for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly and Munster.

The warning will remain in place until 6am tomorrow - New Year's Eve - as south-west winds from Dylan are expected to reach speeds of up to 65kph.

Unsettled

By then the worst of the storm will be over, but according to Met Eireann meteorologist John Eagleton, the weather in the capital will remain unsettled.

"New Year's Eve shouldn't be too bad," he said.

"There will be a few showers in western counties, but most of the country will be dry and clear.

"However, it is difficult to give an accurate prediction because the weather will remain unsettled."

Later this afternoon, the showers will die out and winds will gradually ease, with highest temperatures of around 9C.

A status orange wind warning is now in place for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Louth, Westmeath and Meath. This will also remain in place until 6am tomorrow.

The biggest impact will be felt primarily in the north and west of Ireland.

"It will be windy everywhere, but the strongest wind will have an impact mainly in Connacht and north-west Ulster," said Mr Eagleton.

"It's not a premiership storm, but it certainly fits the criteria of an orange warning."

It comes as festival organisers are hoping for a dry New Year's Eve so thousands of people can hit Dublin's streets for the highly-anticipated celebrations.

This year the Custom House becomes the centre for the capital's New Year festivities.

From 6.30pm to 7pm, colourful aerial and aquatic acrobats will take to the streets, the sky and the Liffey.

People will be able to enjoy jaw-dropping performances and amazing stunts from Heliosphere's high-flying acrobats and Flyboarders.

Dublin band Kodaline will headline the 3Countdown Concert.

Beginning at 8pm at the Custom House, Kodaline will be supported by Hudson Taylor, along with Dublin four-piece rock band Keywest.

Then, at 11.30pm, up to 100 "aquabeams" will dance across the night sky, performing in time to original music.

Jugglers

On Monday, Dubliners can kick-start 2018 at the free, family-friendly 3New Year's Day Celebrations at Custom House Quay.

From noon to 4pm a wide range of entertainment will feature pop-up performances from jugglers, mime artists, stilt walkers and face painters.

"The event will promote the very best of what Dublin has to offer and will undoubtedly prove a magnet for people from home and abroad," said Keelin Fagan, head of Dublin for Failte Ireland.

Due to popular demand, each event needs to be booked in advance.

  • Visit nyfdublin.com for more information.

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