'Damaging gusts'; Yellow wind and rainfall warnings issued as Cork gets ready for Storm Ciara

'Damaging gusts'; Yellow wind and rainfall warnings issued as Cork gets ready for Storm Ciara
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CORK will be on alert as voters go to the polls across the county with Storm Ciara on its way.

Met Éireann has issued a wind warning that is valid from 9am on Saturday morning until just before midnight on Sunday.

A rainfall warning will be in place from 12pm on Saturday until 3pm on Sunday.

Storm Ciara will produce very strong winds over Ireland on Sunday with a risk of damaging gusts.

Met Éireann has said: "Storm Ciara will produce very strong winds over Ireland on Sunday with a risk of damaging gusts."

“Over the weekend the combination of Spring Tides and high seas, as well as stormy conditions, will result in an elevated risk of coastal flooding, especially along southern, western and northwestern coasts.

“A spell of heavy rain will spread eastwards across the country on Saturday with 20-40mm expected, highest in the west and northwest. Another spell of heavy rain on Sunday will clear to squally wintry showers. Another 20-40mm likely.

“A risk of localised flooding this weekend, especially over the western half of the country.

Near gale force winds are expected for Sunday along with continued heavy rain as Storm Ciara tracks to the north of the country.

The beginning of next week could continue to be plagued by poor weather conditions as Met Éireann has forecast:

"The early days of next week are likely to remain very unsettled, with generally strong winds, and potentially stormy conditions at times along with high seas."

The latest weather forecast follows a report published by Met Éireann on Monday, stating that globally, last month was the warmest ever January on record.

In Europe, it was 0.2 degrees warmer than the previous warmest January in 2007.

Cork had the highest mean monthly temperature in Ireland.

Mean temperatures for the month ranged from five degrees at Knock Airport to 8.3 degrees at Sherkin Island, Co Cork.

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