Met Éireann: No let up until Wednesday

Floodwaters in Lahinch, Clare after Thursday night's storm. Picture: Press 22

Stormy conditions are set to return tomorrow with Met Éireann forecasting changeable and unsettled weather through the weekend and into early next week.

Many parts of the country are affected by frost this morning following a drop in overnight temperatures.

More severe winds, heavy rain, and high seas are on the way.

Forecaster with Met Eireann Deirdre Lowe side there won't be any let up in the wintry conditions until Wednesday of next week.

"It looks like it's going to get wet and windy again during Sunday," Ms Lowe said.

"Heavy rain is going to move up from the south-west and there will be strong to gale force south- to south-east winds again with the risk of further flooding, especially in coastal areas.

"And then we're afraid that for the early days of next week - from Sunday night right up to well into Tuesday - it's going to be extremely windy or stormy at times and there will be bands of heavy rain moving in from the Atlantic."

Meanwhile clean-up operations are continuing across the country after destruction caused by floods and high winds on Thursday night and yesterday.

Cork, Clare, Galway and Limerick were worst affected.

Repairs are already running into many millions of euro.

Sinn Féin's Chris Andrews says the Government has failed with any emergency planning measures.

"In England the Environment Secretary has brought together a meeting of (the) powerful Cobra committee - but here in Ireland our ministers are missing in action," Deputy Andrews said.

"In previous years the task force on emergency and planning met regularly to respond to snow and weather conditions however this year Minister Hogan and the defence minister are missing in action."


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