Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

Weather warning as Storm Callum approaches

Before all that happens Thursday will be a day of heavy rain in many places.

The wind warning was issued by Met Éireann at 10am for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry, Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Cork and Waterford.

"We have issued orange warnings for the coastal counties, and yellow warnings for the inland counties".

From midnight on Saturday, weather experts have warned of yet more "heavy and persistent" rainfall across the city.

The AA is advising motorists to reduce speed accordingly to improve their ability to maintain control of their vehicle when driving through areas affected by Storm Callum.

Higher ground in the south and south west could see up to 100mm by the end of the day and the rain is expected to be accompanied by strong winds, gusting up to 60mph.

Met Éireann forecaster Deirdre Lowe said strong winds would be followed by a period of heavy rain sweeping up from the south east, with the possibility of flooding.

The spokeswoman said: "The zone of heavy rain affecting England and Wales on Friday is expected to slowly move northwards on Saturday, with the focus of heaviest rainfall slowly moving away from south Wales but increasingly into parts of Scotland". However, it will stay stormy for a time on West and Northwest coasts with damaging gusts. The main concern we are anxious about for the area is the amount of rainfall throughout Saturday itself.

The weather has already caused misery this week for Scots, with strong winds and rain causing disruption to the transport network.

"There is also a risk that the high winds associated with Storm Callum, combined with high tides, may lead to some coastal impacts due to large waves". With trees still in part leaf, there is a concern for felling as well.

A combination of winds up to 60 miles per hour and heavy rainfall are set to make driving conditions hazardous - including along the coast at times of high tides. "Elsewhere, however, the winds should remain below warning thresholds".

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