Better give that new bike an outing early.
Met Éireann has issued two Status Yellow weather warnings for Ireland, with Storm Bella expected to wreak havoc on St Stephen’s Day.
According to the Met Éireann Wind Warning, which is in place from 3pm today until 4am on Sunday:
“On Saturday (St Stephen’s Day), through the late afternoon, evening and night, westerly winds associated with Storm Bella (named by UK Met Office) will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h. Gusts will be higher at times near the west coast.
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Mostly cloudy and breezy to begin today with patchy drizzle and mist. Rain will become persistent in the northwest this morning, turning heavy by this afternoon before gradually spreading southeastwards over the country later today.
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 26, 2020
“With the combination of strong winds, high waves and forecasted storm surge, there is a risk of coastal flooding along the west coast.”
The national forecaster also issued a Status Yellow Rainfall warning, advising that heavy rain associated with Storm Bella will move southwards over Ireland and may cause localised flooding in some areas later this evening and tonight.