Batten down the hatches – here comes Storm Deirdre
A STORM called Deirdre is brewing, and she’s set to batter Kilkenny and the rest of the country by the end of the week, forecasters predict.
Temperatures dropped fairly dramatically this week as the clocks went back after an extremely mild September and first half of October.
However, Cathal Nolan from the Midland Weather Channel warned the benign Autumn conditions are about to change for the worst as November approaches.
“Certainly the main focus this week is the possibly stormy conditions that may develop through Thursday and into Friday as an Atlantic storm, possibly storm Deirdre or ex-hurricane Oscar, develops off the west coast before crossing the country,” he said.
“At present, the strongest winds would appear to be in the northwest of the country and along Atlantic coastal counties. However, there’s a considerable amount of time for the storm’s track and intensity to change, so do take notice of all weather forecasts and warnings.
“In the meantime, much colder conditions are expected across the country, with temperatures by night reaching as low as -4 or -5 degrees Celsius. Daytime temperatures are expected to rise to no more than 5-9 degrees Celsius, warmest in the west.”
“Conditions are expected to be dry and bright in most areas today, however, cloud will increase along Atlantic coastal counties with some light outbreaks of rain expected here for bank holiday Monday. Across the Midlands and East dry and sunny conditions are expected for Monday and Tuesday,” Cathal said.
“All areas can expect to see some rain or showers on Wednesday before Thursday’s storm approaches, lasting well into Friday also,” he added.