Met Éireann warns Storm Ernesto will bring 'high intensity' rainfall to Limerick

Christopher Davidson
August 18, 2018

A subtropical storm called "Ernesto" is forming in the north Atlantic Ocean and its heading our way at speeds of 50mph.

It was packing winds of around 75 kmph as it moved towards Europe off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, yesterday, according to the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Florida. The north east and Scotland will stay at around 19C.

Northern Ireland, Scotland and western England are all expected to feel the effects of the severe weather, which could potentially be upgraded to a hurricane.

McGivern said: "It will be a fresh start as we begin Friday".

'Ex-Ernesto will then merge with an Atlantic low pressure system.

Forecasters are warning of "high intensity rainfall" in Limerick and across the country over a relatively short period of time on Saturday evening.

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The heavy burst of rain is expected to continue into Sunday morning.

"Through Friday, increasing amounts of cloud and some rain moving its way in".

" Some gradual development of this system is possible over the next couple of days while it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 miles per hour toward the Windward Islands".

Temperatures are forecasted to reach the mid-20s on Saturday, though they could climb to as high as 25 degrees in parts of the south and south-east.

This will then turn heavier and more persistent through the afternoon, with a maximum temperature of around 20 °C.

Gusts will peak at 40mph around the United Kingdom late on Saturday and during the early hours of Sunday morning when the storm arrives over the UK.

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