Well, in case you haven’t noticed yet, the weather outside isn’t really the greatest at the moment. I hate to ruin your weekend plans, but this weather will be with us until well into Saturday. In fact, while the winds we’re currently experiencing will gradually slacken towards the morning, it will be replaced by a band of heavy rain. Yep, you read that right. The rain currently running down my, and your, living room windows is only part of a small, weak patch of rain ahead of the main front.
This front will reach us here in Cork city around midnight, and will bring unusually high amounts of rainfall. We’re talking a lot, up to 50mm of rainfall over a 12 hour period. Met Éireann have issued a Yellow Weather Warning for Cork, Kerry, and Galway, and as far as I’m concerned, they’ve made the right call. While that may not be enough to cause you to paddle to the ATM with a kayak, spot flooding is very much on the cards. I doubt that Cork city will be affected, but some of the rural areas are a completely different matter. The good news is that this rainfall is connected with a warm front, so at least the rain won’t be quite as cold. In fact, temperatures here in Cork will hover around the 16 degree mark until about two hours before sunset on Saturday evening.
All that doesn’t sound too promising, however there is some good news in all of this. The heaviest of the rain will move east and clear Cork roughly around lunch time, with rain completely petering out in the afternoon. However, unlike previously forecasted, there will not be a clean break around lunchtime, so keep that umbrella or raincoat ready. By evening however, Cork will most definitely be dry, at least as far as the weather is concerned.