Nooo! Seven counties have been issued with a Status Yellow rain warning


Met Éireann has just issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for seven counties in Ireland.

A Status Yellow Rainfall Warning is in place for Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.

While winds of up to 65 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour are expected in Atlantic coastal areas between 9 am this morning and 6 o'clock tomorrow morning. Showers will follow for the rest of the day, some heavy.

This, according to BBC weather forecaster Barra Best, signals the beginning of Storm Irene which is set to batter the country as it makes its way up from Portugal. Localised spot flooding is also possible.

A wind warning is in place for the entire country until 6am on Tuesday. "Highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees with fresh to strong and gusty southeast winds, veering southwesterly later in the day".

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After the stormy weather, Met Éireann is forecasting a big improvement. Met Éireann forecast that he rain will give way to scattered showers during the afternoon and bright or sunny spells will develop.

There will be further rain on Wednesday morning in western counties but this will become mostly confined to western coastal areas in the afternoon.

"It will be noticeably cooler on Friday with a few showers appearing especially in northern counties with highs of 12C to 16C", added Ms Lowe.

"Thursday will be mainly dry with lighter winds", Ms Lowe said.

Temperatures will range today from lows of 7C to 9C up to highs of 11C to 13C while 16C could be reached on Tuesday afternoon.