Monday's weather: Status red warning in place as country prepares for Storm Ophelia

Information supplied by Met Éireann

Monday's weather: Status red warning in place as country prepares for Storm Ophelia

A lone lobster fishing boat in the calm before the expected arrival of Hurricane Ophelia, 15-10-2017. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

Today

Met Éireann has issued a status red warning countrywide as Ireland prepares for Storm Ophelia.

Today will be stormy with spells of heavy rain and widespread gales.

Winds mainly from the southeast during the morning will give some severe and damaging gusts, before veering southwest later.

Top temperatures of 15C to 18C degrees. Some violent gusts between 120 and 140 km/h, and storm surges near coasts may give local flooding.

Tonight

Continuing stormy this evening with occasional showers, but winds from the southwest will decrease in strength overnight.

Showers will become scattered and it will be mainly dry later tonight - especially in the south.

Minimum temperatures 7C to 9C degrees.