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Met Éireann has issued a status yellow weather warning today for five counties, with heavy rain expected to hit the east of the country until Wednesday morning.

The official warning is in place for Dublin, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath. Motorists have also been urged to take extra care on roads this morning as a result of the wet weather.

Forecaster Pat Clarke said: "The next 24 hours will be the coldest and the wettest."

Clarke continued; "Obviously drivers will have to be careful. There could be some water on the roads and there is the possibility of hail."

A wind-chill factor around coastal areas will contribute to the frosty feel of the weather, with temperatures expected to fall to five degrees.

"There is the possibility of downpours and there may be some thunder mixed in," Mr Clarke said. Dublin Fire Brigade have also issued a road warning:

Unusually, the current inclement conditions have predominantly hit the east coast, Met Éireann says.

The weekend is expected to be far less damp, on Thursday the temperature will rise to 8 degrees and fewer showers will occur.

In terms of traffic, AA Roadwatch has urged motorists to slow down as roads across the country are very slippery this morning:

"Roads are damp or wet in much of the country this morning following overnight rain. It's particularly wet in parts of the midlands and along the east coast."

"When driving on wet roads slow down and leave a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front."

West Munster is getting the best of the weather at the moment, but tonight will be cold with further rain and hail showers scattered nationwide.

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Strong winds and heavy rain are forecast for Monday as ex-hurricane Ophelia makes it way across the Atlantic and up towards Ireland.

Met Éireann has this morning warned that counties in Munster and south Leinster will likely see the most damaging effects of the storm.

“The winds will veer southwesterly as the low pressure system tracks northwards over western parts of the country. Flooding is threatened due to potentially heavy falls of rain and very high seas. Top temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees.”

“There are likely to be changes to the warnings which will be updated later this morning, pending the latest up to date guidance. This is an evolving situation and your patience is appreciated.”

The latest cautioning comes after Status Red weather warnings were issued for Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork and Kerry.

A Status Orange wind warning is in place for the rest of the country and road users have been urged to check traffic conditons before travelling.

Brian Farrell, Communications Manager with the RSA, said cyclists need to be particularly careful.

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So, Storm Doris may have finally buggered off after lashing the country with high winds last week, but a new storm has arrived to take her place.

Met Éireann has issued three more weather warnings, this time a status yellow national warning, a gale warning and a marine warning for small boats. 

According to the Irish weather monitors, today will be "cold and windy with scattered heavy showers, some of snow this morning. "

The temperatures will remain low into the night, reaching below freezing. 

Tomorrow is set to be blustery, with the weather said to be "very windy over Connacht and Munster with a possibility of gales and storm force gusts."

We'll be getting the scarves and mittens back out, so. 

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If you've already braved the elements today, you'll be only too aware of the current weather conditions.

But just in case you were holding out any hope that the day may brighten up, we're here to dash them.

According to the Met Eireann website, forecasters have issued three yellow wind warnings – both national and marine – which will remain in place until 6am tomorrow.

The country is set to face winds of up to 100 km/h in addition to spells of heavy rain over the next 24 hours.

As we head closer to the weekend, the weather is still to pick up a little, but Saturday is set to experience periods of rain, snow and sleet, while Sunday will see more rain before the development of frost later that evening.

And if anyone needs us, we'll be in our fort.

 

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We were warned by Met Éireann that Barney was about to hit – and those rather clever meteorologists weren't wrong either: the storm has well and truly arrived in Ireland.

Indeed, 45,000 people are currently without power: ESB says the outages have been reported in parts Clare, Offaly, Westmeath, Kerry, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wicklow.

Those in Limerick and Clare have even been told to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary. 

Meanwhile, flights are being diverted from Dublin and Cork airports, while Shannon Airport has recorded a wind speed of an astonishing 129km/h. 

Furthermore, Dawson Street and Trinity Street in Dublin's city centre have now been closed for safety reasons.

And southbound Dart services are currently only operating to/from Dalkey due to a power failure near Killiney.

The Dublin Fire Brigade has instructed those without electricity not to use any naked flames for light other than candles. It added that wheelie bins may need to be tied down. 

This afternoon a Ryanair flight was forced to abort two attempted landings at Shannon – before diverting to Liverpool.

With winds at Cork and Dublin also too strong for flight FR-1183 from London Gatwick, the pilot had to safely steer the craft towards Liverpool instead. 

Aer Lingus flights to and from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol have all also been cancelled, as have City Jet planes to and from London City Airport.

Met Éireann this evening is saying that it will remain very windy, especially in the east – but that conditions will gradually ease before midnight with good clear spells developing. 

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A weather warning has now been issued by Met Éireann – with areas in Dublin, Wicklow, Galway, Clare, Kerry and Limerick being told that west to southwest gusts will reach speeds of 100-125 km/h this afternoon.

The ferocious conditions are expected to continue into tonight. It's all part of Storm Barney – the successor to the recent Storm Abigail.

The Met Office in the UK has furthermore warned that the unsettled weather could disrupt flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports – potentially causing travel chaos for thousands of Irish people. 

Meanwhile, Met Éireann forecaster Willemien Phelan warned last night: "A depression is forming in the Atlantic and an orange weather warning is likely to be put in place. We will be monitoring it closely.

"The southern half of the country will be mostly affected. It will hit from 10am onwards.

"There will be very strong winds in Munster and south Leinster. The winds will peak in early afternoon with the southern half of the country definitely feeling it."

Over the weekend, the tail-end of Storm Abigail resulted in significant flooding in Donegal, while heavy rain also caused damage in Wales and north-east England.

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A heartwarming picture uploaded onto Reddit four days ago has touched people around the world – notching up almost 4million views and thousands of comments in the process. 

The snap, taken in Vancouver, was published under a headline which simply says: 'Dads'.

It shows a smartly dressed man walking the city's streets soaking wet. Over a small, t-shirt-clad boy with a brightly-coloured lion rucksack on his back – a child presumed to be his son – he holds an umbrella to shelter him from the heavy rain.

Understandably, the photograph has sparked a social media storm since being shared.

One description of it reads: "My dad wasn't around for me as a child, so I've got no role model. Can I be a good dad to my kid?"

While another commenter points out: "But you see, dad is doing more than keeping him dry. He's teaching him how to put others before himself."

A third user states: "You're the only father this kid is going to have, so do your absolute best every second of the day."

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While the Siberian city of Novosibirsk usually gets nice weather in the summer, beach goers had to run for cover when hailstones the size of golf-balls rained down on top of them on Saturday – despite enjoying good weather all day.

Apparently temperatures (which had been up in the 30s) dropped by 20 degrees during the freak hail storm – check out the video to see sunbathers run for their lives (it’s not that much of an exaggeration, those hailstones were big!). 

 

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Ronan Keating was in the nation’s bad books after cheating on his wife Yvonne, but it seems he’s put the past behind him and is really enjoying being in love again.

The former Boyzone frontman says that his new girlfriend Storm was a lifesaver: “Storm came into my life when I was lost and I was struggling.

“I was in a very dark place and very lonely. I found Storm and she found me when we were both going through difficult times (Storm had recently divorced), and it’s been incredible. We’re very lucky to have each other.

“We were going through the same thing. She makes me happy and if somebody makes you happy you don’t want that not to be there anymore. You want to feel that way all the time. It’s romantic, it’s wonderful.”

When asked how his new relationship compares to his marriage with Yvonne (an awful question, by all accounts) Ronan thankfully refused to answer: “I’m not going to compare it. Everything is what it is. We make decisions that we’re accountable for; I’m not going to say one thing is better than the other because that’s not fair on anybody.”

Phew! That could have gotten really awkward!

 

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Storm chasers caught this intense footage last Sunday in Wyoming. Incredible and terrifying all in one!

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