Weather warnings issued as remains of hurricane head towards Ireland

Weather warnings issued as remains of hurricane head towards Ireland

Weather warnings issued as remains of hurricane head towards Ireland

A yellow status rainfall warning has been issued up until this evening for counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

It is set to be fairly balmy, with highs of 15-17C with west to northwest breezes increasing fresh and gusty.

It added that it was also likely to be humid and warned that "conditions conducive to the spread of potato blight will occur at times through Sunday and during the early days of next week, especially in Atlantic coastal areas".

"Overall the day will bring a lot of dry weather however, with just well scattered passing showers, and a mix of cloud and sunny spells through the day".

The warning was issued on Thursday morning and was valid from 4pm yesterday until 4pm today (Friday), although that will be far from the last of the showers over the weekend as Hurricane Gert makes its presence felt on these shores. Heavy rain is forecast across the south-west Saturday night and will gradually move up over the rest of the country.

Sunday will be mostly overcast with overnight rain continuing into the daytime hours. The rain will be persistent, Met Eireann reports, with the ongoing risk of spot flooding. Highest temperatures of 17 to 21 degrees Celsius, but possibly higher where the afternoon sun breaks through.

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