After stormy weekend weather caused significant damage and hampered Christmas shopping in towns and cities across the country, more of the same is likely later this week.

High winds were responsible for flight delays at Dublin airport, some having to divert to Shannon on Saturday because of dangerous landing conditions. Road conditions were also made dangerous by the driving rain and caution over fallen trees and poles.

In Cork, one of the city’s busiest car parks at the Paul Street Shopping Centre was forced to close on Saturday afternoon after falling debris required traffic to be restricted to one lane on Lavitt’s Quay. Two incidents required the city fire brigade to attend the area, one in which cladding came loose from a building on the quay and another in which bricks were loosened from an older building in the area.

However, the city centre was not as busy as might be expected so close to Christmas, with shoppers staying away in the miserable weather conditions.

Outside of the city, emergency services were kept busy dealing with damage caused by the wind in the Bandon and Innishannon areas, and in the Douglas, Rochestown and Raffeen areas around Cork harbour and the River Lee estuary.

AA Roadwatch reported incidents right around the country on Saturday of fallen trees, telegraph poles and road closures, all related to the wind conditions.

Things were much calmer yesterday as a band of rain passed across the length of the country from late morning, and with it passed the worst of the severe gusts and gale force winds.

Met Éireann forecasts a bright and fresh day today with only scattered showers at worst in most areas, while tomorrow should be fairly breezy but mostly dry, apart from patches of mist and drizzle near Atlantic coasts.

However, umbrellas will be needed for shopping later in the week, with wet and windy conditions returning from Wednesday afternoon, turning to heavy rain overnight and into Thursday. And the chances of building snowmen before Santa arrives appear slim, with hardly even any frost likely into next weekend as the countdown to Christmas Day nears a conclusion.


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