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Turning more unsettled this weekend and next week - Friday 11th February 2022

After what’s been a fairly settled February so far, our weather will turn increasingly unsettled over the weekend with some wet weather on the way on Sunday and early next week.

Met Éireann have issued yellow wind warnings for Donegal, Galway and Mayo and rain warnings for Cork, Kerry and Galway on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, due to spells of heavy rain and strong winds to mainly southern and western areas.  It’ll stay breezy across the country on Saturday with some blustery, heavy showers, followed by a rather wet day across the country on Sunday.

Met Éireann meteorologist, Mark Bowe, said:

“Our weather has been pretty settled so far this year thanks to high pressure never being too far away.  But as we head into the weekend and next week we’re going to see a change to more unsettled weather as the jet stream positions itself across Ireland – this will open the door to low pressure systems moving in from the Atlantic.”

“We’re keeping a close eye on the weather forecast for Sunday, as a low pressure will swing up from the south bringing outbreaks of rain through the day.  There is likely to be some heavy bursts of rain in places which could lead to some localised flooding, but there’s still quite a bit of uncertainty so it’s best to keep an eye on the latest forecast and warnings, especially if you have plans this weekend.”

Currently ground conditions are either waterlogged or saturated and further rainfall over the weekend and next week will add to water levels, with the possibility of some localised flooding.  You can find out more about current ground conditions here https://www.met.ie/forecasts/farming#agri-graphs.

Mark continued: “With further low-pressure systems moving our way early next week there is the potential for further spells of wet and windy weather.  We’re keeping a close eye on Tuesday in particular as there are signs of heavy rain in the forecast.  With ground levels already waterlogged this could lead to some localised impacts from flooding, so stay keep an eye on the latest forecast and warnings from Met Éireann for your area.”

Forecast pressure chart for Sunday 20th February at 1800 showing a band of rain and tight isobars across Ireland.

Forecast pressure chart for Sunday 20th February at 1800 showing a band of rain and tight isobars across Ireland.

For the most accurate and up to date forecast for your area on the Island of Ireland go to met.ie. The latest weather advisories and warnings for Ireland are on the Met Éireann Warnings page. These services and more are available on our free app – available from the App store for iPhone, and Play store for Android.

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