Weather warning issued ahead of potential Storm 'Brian'

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds this weekend.
The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds this weekend.

Well, the calm weather didn't last long.

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia has just passed but Met Eireann has issued two new Status Yellow weather warnings.

The first is in expectation of heavy rain today with accumulations between 30 and 50 mm possible across Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath.

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But a National Warning is now in place from 6 pm on Friday until midnight Saturday as an Atlantic Depression, possibly called Storm Brian, is expected arrive.

There is potential for wind speeds of up to 60km/h. Some areas, particularly along the coasts, could be hit by gusts of up to 110km/h.

Thursday will be wet with rain turning heavy and persistent in many areas and some local flooding likely.

Friday morning will be clear with some sunny spells before the storm moves eastwards across the country bringing rain and strong winds.

Saturday will be a wet and windy day with strong and gusty westerly winds and heavy squally showers. 

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Sunday will be a dry and bright most of the day but will be fairly breezy with scattered showers.

The outlook for next week is a continuation of unsettled weather with further rain or showers.

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