Flooding: Road Care Needed as Met Éireann Issues Status Yellow Warning

Kerry County Council staff member, Patrick Martin on flood warning duty on the Castleisland to Tralee Road at Ballyegan this morning. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Drivers will need to take great care on the roads around the Castleisland area and in Kerry in general today and over the next few days.

AA Roadwatch has issued flood warnings for the Tralee Road around the Ballyegan area of the old John A. Wood quarry on the Castleisland to Tralee Road and there’s little by way of good news on the weather front for the rest of the week.

Saturday and Sunday seem to be the only days offering a bit of respite from persistent rain and, even then there are showers on the menu.

Status Yellow Weather Warning

Meanwhile, Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow Weather Warning for the entire southern half of the country as follows:

Today

Mostly cloudy this morning with patches of mist.

Dry for a time in the northwest. Rain in the east and southeast will extend to most areas and continue through the day. It will be heavy and thundery at times with localised flooding, especially in Munster and south Leinster. Highest temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees, with light northeast breezes.

Tonight

Rain will continue in many areas tonight and will be heaviest over Connacht and the midlands with a continued risk of localised flooding.

It will become mainly dry in Munster overnight. Lowest temperatures 11 to 14 degrees.

Tomorrow – Tuesday

Tuesday will continue mostly cloudy over the northern half of the country with further spells of rain, which will gradually clear northwards in the afternoon and evening.

It will be brighter further south with sunshine and showers, some heavy. Highest temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees with light moderate southwest breezes.

National Outlook

Much of Tuesday night will be mainly dry with clear spells and with patches of mist and fog.

Rain will develop and move up from the south over much of Munster overnight. Lowest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees.
Wednesday
On Wednesday morning, freshening easterly winds will quickly clear any mist or fog.

Rain in Munster and south Leinster will spread northwards through the day and will be heavy at times. It will gradually clear northwards through the evening and night with showers following. Highest temperatures of 17 to 21 degrees with fresh, gusty easterly winds becoming moderate southerly as rain clears.
Thursday
On Thursday another band of rain will spread northwards over the country with showers following.

It will be mild and blustery or windy with highest temperatures of 17 to 20 degrees and fresh, gusty south to southeast winds, strong in some coastal areas. There’ll be further spells of rain or showers through the night.
Friday
Friday will continue blustery or windy with further spells of rain or showers.

Highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees with fresh, gusty south or southwest winds, strong in some coastal areas.
Saturday and Sunday
Saturday and Sunday will both be fresh and breezy days with sunshine and showers.

Highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees with moderate westerly breezes.
Current indications suggest that the early days of next week will be cool and unsettled with spells of rain or showers