Met Éireann issue fresh orange warning for all of Ireland as Storm Ciara nears 7 months ago

Met Éireann issue fresh orange warning for all of Ireland as Storm Ciara nears

Met Éireann have issued a fresh status orange weather warning for all of Ireland as Storm Ciara nears.

The country-wide wind warning comes into effect at 5am on Sunday, February 9 and ends at 12pm on the same day.

On Sunday, Storm Ciara will cause very strong southwest winds with average speeds of 65 to 80 km/h, with gusts generally up to 130km/h.

The combination of Spring Tides, high seas and stormy conditions will cause a "significant risk" of coastal flooding - particularly along western and northwestern coasts.

This warning is in addition to all of the weather warnings that are in place for Saturday.

Ahead of the arrival of Storm Ciara, there's a status orange wind warning in palce for Galway from 1pm to 6pm on Saturday, February 8.

The area will south to southwest winds reaching average speeds of 65km/h to 80km/h, with gusts up to 120km/h.

There's also a status orange wind warning in place for Donegal and Mayo, which is currently in place (as of 12pm today) and will end at 4pm today.

The area will south to southwest winds reaching average speeds of 65km/h to 80km/h, with gusts up to 120km/h.

There's also status yellow rainfall warning for all of Ireland. It begins at 12pm on Saturday, February 8 and will remain in place until 3pm on Sunday, February 9.

On Saturday, a spell of heavy rain moving eastwards across the country. 20 to 40mm of rainfall is expected, with the highest totals in the west and northwest.

On Sunday, there will be another spell of heavy rain - which will clear to "squally wintry showers". Met Éireann have said there is a risk of localised flooding.