Wind and rain spell gloomy end of festive season
A wet and windy week is in store as people go back to work after the Christmas break.
While temperatures are set to reach 13 or 14C tomorrow, the first working week of the new year will be a mixed bag with heavy rain, strong winds and cold nights, according to Met Eireann.
Although Dublin was spared the wind warnings issued for this morning, it was still expected to be blustery.
A status yellow wind warning was to remain in effect until 8am today as southerly winds with gusts of between 90 and 100kph and mean speeds of between 50 and 65kph were expected to hit counties Donegal, Kerry, Galway and Mayo from midnight last night.
Strong southerly winds reaching gale force were expected to affect Wex- ford, Cork and Waterford until around 11am today after a second status yellow wind warning was issued for the south from 3am today.
Heavy and persistent rain from the Atlantic was expected to move quickly eastwards this morning before clearing in the early afternoon, with only a few showers and some sunny breaks, especially in the north.
Cooler temperatures, not exceeding 7C or 8C, are expected later this afternoon.
Although it will feel warm tomorrow, it will remain windy with strong southerly winds and rain affecting mostly the west and north.
Despite double digit temperatures tomorrow, the mercury will drop dramatically overnight, with temperatures between 3C and 6C nationwide, the coldest being in the north.
The chilly temperatures will continue into Wednesday following a mostly dry start, although rain will develop in the south and west.
The rest of the week remains unsettled, according to Met Eireann forecaster Liz Walsh.