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Irish weather forecast: Gale force winds to hit as Met Eireann predict 'damaging' conditions for Friday

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 08/11/2018 William Dunne

a group of people standing next to a body of water: weather cold rain wind stock © Credits: Collins weather cold rain wind stock It's going to be yet another wet and windy day across Ireland.

And the weather is only going to get worse again on Friday with Met Eireann forecasting potentially severe and damaging winds.

Large parts of the country will experience rain on Thursday, while it will be dry and sunny at times of the day. Top temperatures may hit highs of 11C.

Met Eireann said: "During the afternoon a spell of rain will develop along the east coast.

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"Elsewhere there will be a lot of dry and bright weather through the course of the afternoon and evening.

"Maximum temperatures 9C to 11C, in mostly moderate south to southeast winds but fresh to strong and gusty on coasts."

Wind speeds will pick up dramatically over Thursday night and some forecasters are expecting gusts of over 120km/h to hit our shores.

Lowest temperatures may drop to as low as 5C as gale force winds hit the southwest.

The national forecaster added: "Tonight will be mainly dry, but rain will reach west coast by dawn.

smoke coming out of the water © Credits: Getty "It will become windy overnight with fresh to strong southeast winds, reaching gale force on southwest coasts. Lowest temperatures of 5C to 8C."

Met Eireann forecasters say they have been closely monitoring weather developments for Friday.

They are tracking a low pressure system in the north Atlantic which is expected cause havoc in coastal areas by Friday.

Forecaster Liz Hurley said: "This low pressure system will travel eastwards across the Atlantic by Friday, helped by a strong jet stream which will serve to deepen the low significantly by the time it comes close to our shores.

a body of water © Credits: Collins "The (by then) deep low will travel northwards to the west of Ireland during Friday, and the associated fronts will track in over Ireland during Friday morning and afternoon bringing strong winds and heavy rain and there is potential for severe and damaging gusts, especially on coasts.

"There is also a risk of coastal damage due to wave overtopping, with the timing of the strongest winds coinciding with high tide on some coasts."

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