WILD, WILD WEATHER

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INISHOWEN’S storming weather is set to batter the peninsula into the weekend, a leading forecaster has warned.

Violent storm force winds battered the peninsula yesterday with gusts of up 90 miles per hour recorded at Malin Head.

A forecaster for Met Eireann yesterday told the ‘Journal’ although Inishowen saw the worst of the weather in the country, winds would die down over [Thursday] night but showers would turn “wintry” today and over the weekend.

“Gusts of 78 knots, which is around 90 miles per hour, were recorded at Malin Head at 9am and that was the strongest in the country. The north coast got a battering.”

Despite this there was remarkably little damage done and both the Gardai and ESB were not reporting any major incidents.

The Met spokesperson said: “We saw strong westerly gales which developed into storm force winds and at times on the north coast force eleven, which we describe as violent storm force winds, were recorded,” he said.

The high winds will remain strong and fresh this morning [Friday] especially in coastal areas in Inishowen.

“There will be showers throughout Friday many of which will bring sleet and snow. There is also a risk of frost in inland areas around the peninsula.”

A spokesperson for the Road Safety Authority is advising road users to be extremely careful. Drive with care, expect the unexpected and watch out for falling or fallen debris.

The poor weather conditions are not set to improve throughout the weekend and temperatures of between four and six degrees are expected according to the Met Eireann forecaster.

He added: “On Saturday wintry showers of snow and sleet will move across the North West at first, but it will later return to rain in the afternoon and evening.”

The forecaster claimed it is a ‘typical Irish winter’ with a mixture of wind rain and snow, and said he cannot see it reverting to the prolonged periods of frost and cold weather we endured last winter.

“Sunday will be very cold, and it will be windy again all day with scattered showers. It is expected there will be snow on higher ground with the chance of some laying on lower grounds as well.”