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Wet 'n Wild Wednesday
Weather Warning - Heavy rain and High Winds
A weather warning released on the site earlier today is still in force. A deepening area of low pressure to the southwest will track close to the island. Over the last few model runs there has been a slight decrease on wind speeds as the track of the low stays more offshore. But having said that, this could wobble back closer to Ireland closer the time and significantly increase windspeeds.
The day will start of wet and windy over the southern half of the country, and perhaps some early brightness in more northern areas. The frontal system really activates during the morning and pushes north over the country bringing very heavy rainfall and spot flooding. The heavy rain should move northwards quite quickly and it doesn't hang over the country for too long but the intensity is looks significant. Rainfall totals of over 50mm on higher ground and between 20 to 35mm in places on lower ground. Winds will be another feature and will be strong to gale force with gusts in access of 80kmh along some eastern coastal counties for a time. With trees in full leaf, it is very possible small branches may come down onto roads and especially take care on back roads.
The front will clear from the south during the morning and it turns brighter with winds veering southerly and decreasing for a time for the afternoon with heavy showers.
The uncertainty is the low pressure centre and where it will track, if it comes close to the southwest, it with will bring gale forces southerly winds and gust over 100kmh but if it stays offshore, more of Connaught will see severe winds on the coasts. More rain is expected across Munster and Connaught through the late afternoon and this will again be heavy with spot flooding here.
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Forecast issued at 2200 Tuesday August 14th
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IWN Weather Table
Monthly Weather Table for the Month of July 2012
*Temperatures around a degree below the 1981-2010 norm. Coolest departures again in the north (like June).
*Rainfall was well above normal too but not as wet as June.
*Sunshine also below normal.
*All stations above use standard Met Eireann approved equipment.
*Mean temperatures are calculated based on max/min over day period from 9 UTC to 9 UTC next day.
*Ireland Average is based on 3 stations : Armagh, Dublin and Valentia.The data shown for these stations is provisional.
*Anomalies are based on the 1981-2010 data series.
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