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What Dublin can expect on Monday as Storm Brendan approaches Ireland

By Darragh Murphy

January 12, 2020 at 2:00pm

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Storm Brendan is approaching Ireland and most of the country will be affected in one way or another.

The Status Orange wind warning that was initially only in place for 11 counties has now been extended to include the entire country, meaning that the weather on the east coast may be worse than first expected upon the approach of Storm Brendan.

The Status Orange warning for Leinster comes into effect at 8am on Monday morning and is valid until 3pm on Monday afternoon.

For Leinster, the national forecaster predicts: "As Storm Brendan tracks to the northwest of Ireland, southerly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 70 km/h with gusts of 100 to 120 km/h, higher in exposed areas.

"There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of high spring tides and storm surge."

A calm start to the morning is expected in Dublin, although conditions will worsen as the afternoon approaches and the remnants of Storm Brendan take their toll.

Commenting on Dublin specifically, a Met Eireann spokesperson said: "Mostly dry to begin on Monday with just patchy rain or drizzle. Southerly winds will gradually increase as the morning goes on, and it will become very windy towards midday with severe and possibly damaging gusts developing.

"Heavy rain will spread from the west in the late morning and through the afternoon. Winds will veer southwesterly as the heavy rain clears through and the winds will slowly moderate.

"Scattered showers will follow in from the west during the evening. There is a significant risk of coastal flooding due to a combination of strong winds, high spring tides and storm surge. Highs 8 or 9 degrees."

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