Turning very unsettled this week with two storms on the way

Two low pressure systems named by the UK Met Office will bring spells of very strong and damaging winds to Ireland and the UK later this week.

On Wednesday Storm Dudley will bring strong winds to northern and western parts of Ireland, then on Friday Storm Eunice is forecast to bring more widespread strong and damaging winds across Ireland, along with heavy rain and potentially snow.

Met Éireann has issued nationwide Yellow wind warnings on Wednesday where Storm Dudley will bring wind gusts of around 80-110 km/h at times.  An Orange wind warning has also been issued for Donegal, where gusts could reach around 130km/h along exposed coasts.  On Friday a more widespread spell of windy and disruptive weather is expected as Storm Eunice moves across Ireland, with weather warnings expected to be issued in the coming days.  Weather warning are also in place for Northern Ireland from Wednesday to Friday, issued by the Met Office.

Met Éireann meteorologist, Emer Flood said: “It’s been a fairly quiet year so far but that’s all going to change this week as an active jet stream steers several low-pressure systems across Ireland and the UK.

“On Wednesday Storm Dudley will bring strong winds to mainly northern and western areas, these strong winds in combination with high tides will lead to large coastal waves and some coastal flooding.”

Emer continued: “As Storm Dudley clears eastwards on Thursday morning winds will ease for a time, before picking up again on Friday morning as Storm Eunice approaches.  We’re keeping a close eye on this Storm as there is the potential for more widespread strong winds across Ireland which may lead to some disruption and damage.  Along with strong winds, Eunice is expected to bring spells of heavy rain and potentially some snow.  We’re advising the public to keep a close eye on the weather forecast as the week progresses as further weather warnings are likely to be issued.”

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