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Storm Ciara: Voters warned weather warnings likely to be upgraded on election weekend

Voters heading to the polls this weekend will brave wet and blustery conditions as a weather warning issued ahead of Storm Ciara’s arrival is likely to be upgraded.

rap up warm as you cast your vote as we have been told to brace ourselves for damaging gusts, rain and coastal flooding over the weekend.

Met Eireann have issued a Status Yellow rain warning from 12pm on Saturday until midnight on Sunday.

A Status Yellow wind warning is also in place between 12pm on Saturday and 3pm Sunday.

Forecaster Gavin Gallagher said the “risk is definitely there” for the wind warning to be upgraded, particularly on Sunday.

“The rain warning will probably not go any higher than the yellow, but for the wind the potential is there for the warning to be upgrading. As with all warnings, it will be monitored.

“The risk is definitely there for Saturday but more likely Sunday that the yellow may be upgraded,” he said.

The forecaster will be tracking the storm’s progress as it travels across the country this weekend.

Meanwhile, Friday will be a blustery and cloudy day as temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees will drop as low as 0C, with sharp frost expected to develop in places.

A widespread spell of heavy rain will move across the country in the evening.

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