Storm Irene to batter Ireland with heavy rain tonight as UK basks in glorious spring sun
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Storm Irene to batter Ireland with heavy rain tonight as UK basks in glorious spring sun

Irish weather is being Irish weather again.

With the UK basking in glorious spring sunshine today, Ireland will have to get through yet another bout of terrible weather before the clouds begin to clear.

According to BBC weather forecaster Barra Best, Storm Irene is making its way from Portugal and will hit the Emerald Isle later this afternoon.

He took to Twitter earlier today to share a video showing the newly-named storm developing – and it looks like a beast.

Barra tweeted: "Stormy this evening - watch out for possible flying branches. The Portuguese Met service has named the system #StormIrene."

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According to Met Éireann, we can expect "wet and very windy tonight with persistent and at times heavy rain, in strong to gale force and gusty southerly winds with some gusts of 90 or 100km/h in exposed places.

"Overnight lows of 9 or 10 degrees Celsius."

The good news is that the heavy rain is expected to clear early on Tuesday as a 1,500-mile wide 'African air plume' brings bright and sunny weather, with temperatures hitting a seasonably pleasant 16 Celsius.

The warmest weather will hit Ireland on Wednesday with highs of around 18 Celsius in parts, with Thursday and Friday set to follow a similar trend with mostly dry conditions and pleasant temperatures abound.

There is a God after all.

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