Friday, 19 October, 2018

Met Office issues upgraded amber alert for Cardigan area

Strong winds associated with Storm Ali last month caused damage and disruption all over the country Strong winds associated with Storm Ali last month caused damage and disruption all over the country
Steven Clarke | 11 October, 2018, 21:25

However, it is Friday (October 12) which will see the full force of Storm Callum.

"These winds will then transfer rather rapidly across the country, with coastal counties seeing winds up to 130km/h".

Drive to anticipate strong cross winds and other hazards such as falling/fallen trees. Even though the high winds will be the main concern, a spell of heavy and possibly thundery rain will occur too, making for an extremely windy and wet start, with squally conditions associated with the secondary cold front as it tracks north-eastwards up across the country.

The latest Storm Callum weather forecast from Met Éireann has warned of a severe impact.

But heavy rain and strong gales could feature in the weather by the end of the week, with the latest named Storm - Storm Callum - expected to hit the United Kingdom on Friday.

The Met Office warnings run from the early hours of Friday into Saturday and a number of flood alerts have been issued across south and west Wales.

It is due to pass to the west of Ireland, northern England and Scotland during Friday.

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"There will be storm force or gale force gusts, which can be severe or damaging".

"It's not a major event in the east, we don't expect a major flooding event along the east coast", she told RTÉ Radio One's Today with Sean O'Rourke.

An amber warning for heavy rain has been issued for most of south Wales on Friday, as Storm Callum approaches. "Highest temperatures of 14 to 16 degrees".

It comes as Met Eireann has issued an orange weather warning for coastal counties including Galway from 10pm tomorrow until Friday morning.

The weather has already caused misery this week for Scots, with strong winds and rain causing disruption to the transport network.

In these areas, the national forecaster states that strong winds associated with Storm Callum, coinciding with high spring tides will affect Ireland on Thursday night and Friday morning.

The Met Office said 50-60mph gusts were likely on Friday "with the potential for gusts of 70-80mph around exposed coasts and hills".

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