December 11, 2023

Brace yourself – more heavy showers, gales and spot flooding to come

ANYONE hoping for a bit of calm after Storm Deirdre will only enjoy n a temporary respite this morning.

Met Éireann has forecast more “unsettled” weather over the coming week, with heavy showers, strong gales and icy temperatures.

It will be coldest in the East, and the are fears of more spot flooding in parts of Kilkenny, which was one of the worst affected areas over the weekend as large sections of the River Nore spilled over its banks.

AA Roadwatch has warned motorists to take extra care on the roads as flooding was reported, particularly South Kilkenny, neighbouring Waterford and also Cork.

Local council workers remain on high alert as river levels threatened to rise again.

Met Éireann said this morning will start mostly dry and dull with a few bright spells, but it will become cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle by midday.

By tonight outbreaks of rain will become persistent throughout Kilkenny and Leinster, and “towards morning become very heavy with the risk of thundery down pours and spot flooding”.

The national forecaster added: “South to southeast winds will increase further to reach gale force with severe gusts. Near coasts winds will reach gale to strong gale force. It will be relatively mild overnight of 8 to 11 degrees.”


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