Cork weather forecast: Met Eireann has Storm Barra yellow flood warning status for the south coast

A Status Yellow storm warning has just been issued as Met Eireann warned that an Atlantic “cyclonic” storm was heading towards Ireland.

Issued at 11:30 a.m. this morning, even as Rebel County basks in the winter sun, the Status Yellow warning will go into effect nationwide from midnight starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The warning sparked an emergency meeting – which is taking place now – of the Cork City Council flood assessment team.

A council spokesperson confirmed that the flood assessment team “is currently meeting to assess the potential impacts of a weather event expected around high tide on Tuesday morning, December 7 at around 7:24 am.”

The 24 hour warning from Met Eireann reads: “Until Tuesday and for some time Wednesday an Atlantic low named Storm Barra will bring very strong winds and bouts of heavy rain across Ireland.

“The winds will be strongest in the western coastal counties with severe or destructive gusts possible.”

“Heavy rains will cause localized flooding. There will also be strong waves at sea and a significant possibility of coastal flooding on the south and west coasts.”

Met Eireann says more warnings will follow and the national forecaster warns of possible flooding along the south coast and travel disruptions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Experts said the “deep Atlantic depression” coming from the Atlantic could bring high winds and even snow, with strong winds and very heavy showers across Munster.

A forecaster explained: “A deep Atlantic low will bring very wet and windy weather across Ireland through Tuesday and Wednesday.”

“Winds will at times be strong in all areas and reach gale force in coastal areas. Violent and destructive gusts are likely.

“At the moment, the strongest winds are expected to occur in the western coastal counties of Munster, with sometimes storm force winds later Tuesday.

“The strengthening winds will be accompanied by a period of heavy rain on Tuesday, followed by heavy showers through Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Some of the showers may be sleet or snow on the heights.

“Due to high tides, very high waves and significant surge levels, coastal flooding can occur along the coasts of Munster and southern Connacht.”

It will also be cold – with a daytime high of just 6 degrees forecast for Cork City from tomorrow.

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The full forecast for Munster is:


The frost clears this morning to leave a cool and bright day with sunshine and a few isolated showers. The highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees because the winds are light and variable. Clouds will intensify from the west later this afternoon bringing some rain to the western parts during the evening as the winds turn southerly and cool.


Rain will spread throughout the region, followed by a clearing of showers and cooler conditions in the morning. Temperatures 1-4 degrees cooler with moderate southerly to fresh winds veering west as the rain dissipates.


Monday will be a cold, bright and windy day with scattered clearings and showers, some falling as hail or sleet. Showers will be strongest and most frequent in the west, where there may also be a few isolated thunderstorms. The highest afternoon temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees, as moderate to cool and windy westerly winds gradually subside.


Overview: Very windy and maybe stormy in places, for some time Tuesday and Wednesday with occasional winter drops as well. Settle in later in the week with maybe another period of wet and windy conditions for the weekend.

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