FRANKLIN STORM: Series of Met Éireann weather warnings in place for third storm to hit Ireland in five days

Ireland is battered by the third storm in a week with yellow and orange status warnings declared by Met Éireann ahead of another week of wintry weather.

Hot after storms Dudley and the more damaging Eunice, Storm Franklin was officially named Sunday morning by forecasters in Britain on February 5. It is described as a low pressure system that will bring high winds on Sunday and Monday.

Every county on the island of Ireland is subject to some form of weather warning. Met Éireann outlined what to expect in their midday forecast on Sunday.

“Storm Franklin will bring very windy and wet weather today with strong gale-force westerlies and strong gusts, particularly along the west and north coasts, with very high seas resulting in coastal flooding. Heavy rain will continue to move southeast and be followed by scattered showers, some heavy with isolated thunderstorms and hail, and possible sleet later. After a mild start, it will become much colder from the north -west after the rain has cleared with afternoon highs of 4 to 8 degrees.

“Storm Franklin will bring very windy conditions on Sunday evening with strong gale-force westerly to northwesterly winds and strong gusts. There will also be very high seas resulting in coastal flooding easing elsewhere towards the morning. Some showers will be heavy with hail, and some will fall as sleet or snow, especially on higher ground. Temperatures lowest 1 to 4 degrees, becoming less cold in the morning.

The forecaster expects the impact of the weather to continue to be felt on Monday, but lessen as the day progresses.

“Windy to start tomorrow with strong to near gales and gusty northwest winds. However, winds will ease and return to the southwest throughout the afternoon. Lots of mostly dry with sunny spells, although isolated showers will affect the northern half of the country “It will become cloudier from the west in the afternoon with scattered light rain and drizzle developing in the Atlantic coastal counties in the evening. Highest temperatures 9-11 degrees,” he said.

The Met Office in the UK is Met Éireann’s storm forecasting partner. He published maps that show the trail of Storm Franklkin. MORE TWEETS BELOW.

A host of Franklin Status Orange and Yellow storm weather warnings were issued by Met Éireann through Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. For more details, read here.

NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES published by Met Éireann on Sunday February 20 at 12:54 p.m.
Overview: Remaining unstable with often windy and wet conditions.

Monday evening: A mostly cloudy night with scattered rain and drizzle rolling in from the west. A stronger and more persistent band of rain will extend from the Atlantic towards the morning. Breezy again overnight as southwest winds increase from cool to strong. A generally mild night with low temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees occurring in the morning.

Tuesday: A wet start to Tuesday but the rain will dissipate quickly towards the east, followed by sunny spells and scattered showers, with a risk of sleet on the heights of the north-west. Fresh wind with moderate to fresh gusty westerly winds. Maximum temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees.

Becoming dry with mostly clear spells Tuesday evening although showers will continue in Atlantic coastal counties. Lowest temperatures 2 to 6 degrees in moderate southwest winds.

Wednesday: Cloudy again Wednesday with scattered showers to start. More persistent rain will spread from the Atlantic throughout the afternoon and evening. Another windy day with cool to strong and gusty southwesterly winds. Maximum temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees.

It will be much colder early Wednesday evening as the rain clears to the east. Showers will follow, falling as sleet in places with a chance of snow on higher ground. Lowest temperatures from -2 to +1 degrees, with the development of frosts and sleet.

Thusday: A cool day with sunny spells and scattered showers, some falling as hail and sleet. High temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees in cool, gusty westerly winds.

Other perspectives: Remaining mostly choppy with showers or longer spells of rain and at times windy conditions.

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