We’ve enjoyed an unprecedented period of fine, settled weather since the Covid-19 lockdown began on March 24 last but the weather is about to take a turn for the worst – and Mayo will be one of the county’s worst severely impacted in Ireland.
Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow wind warning for 110kph gusts for Thursday night and throughout Friday.
Galway and Mayo will be on Yellow alert for gusts of up to 110kph from 9pm on Thursday with average wind speeds expected to reach 65kph.
Met Eireann says the alert will remain in place until 6pm on Friday.
The national forecaster predicts: “Through Thursday night and Friday, south to southeast winds, veering southwesterly will reach mean speeds of 45 to 65 km/hr with gusts of 85 to 110 Km/hr, mainly in coastal areas and high ground.”
Met Eireann is warning of the risk of “very strong winds near the west and north coast” with counties on the Atlantic coast set to feel the worst of the windy weather.
Forecaster Joanna Donnelly has advised the public to secure any loose garden items ahead of the blustery spell.
“If you have anything loose around your garden, trampolines can fly in the wind so tie them down as Friday is going to be a windy day.”
Heavy and thundery rain is expected on Thursday in the southwest by evening time.
Thursday night will be wet and windy as outbreaks of rain spread northeastwards across the country and it will turn heavy at times.
The winds will start to pick up with southwesterly gales on Atlantic coasts.
Showers on Friday are set to be most frequent over the western half of the country – but areas like the southeast will be mainly dry.
Temperatures will be cooler with highs of between 12C and 16C predicted.
Met Eireann says: “Gusty southwesterly winds remaining fresh to strong throughout the day with gales continuing on Atlantic coasts.
“The showers will become confined to western coasts on Friday night with lows of 7C to 9C and remaining windy.”