Friday's weather: heavy rain across south and west by evening

Dry and bright at first

Newstalk, Friday, weather, rain, wind, status yellow, temperatures, wind warning

A general view of a flooded road in Hale, Cheshire. Picture by: Eamonn and James Clarke / EMPICS Sport

Today

Dry and bright at first but rain will spread southeastwards across the country this afternoon and evening, turning heavy in western counties later.

Southwesterly winds will strengthen steadily reaching mean speeds of 45 to 65 km/h, gusting 90 to 100 km/h this afternoon.

Feeling cool as a result; highest temperatures 10 to 12 degrees.

Status yellow

There is a status yellow wind Warning in place for Ireland

Southwesterly winds of 45 km/h to 65 km/h with gusts up to 100 km/h on Friday and Saturday. Winds will peak on Friday evening and night with potential for stronger winds for a time in northwestern coastal counties.

Issued:Thursday 03 December 2015 11:00
Valid:Friday 04 December 2015 12:00 to Saturday 05 December 2015 12:00

Tonight

Very wet and windy conditions will persist countrywide tonight.

Prolonged spells of heavy rain in the western half of the country especially will lead to flooding there. Southwesterly winds will remain as strong as they were during the daytime, if not stronger in some places.

Lowest temperatures 9 to 11 degrees.

This information with thanks to Met Éireann