Parts of Derry and Donegal are expected to be battered by high winds and thunderstorms over the next few days as Storm Abigail makes landfall.
Met Eireann this afternoon issued a Status Orange’ warning for gusts up to 120 kms an hour for Donegal and the west on Thursday evening, with Derry City and County expected to be similarly affected.
Forecasters on both sides of the border have predicted the coastal areas along the north west of Ireland will be among the worst affected during Storm Abigail over the coming days.
The storm is expected to move in on Thursday morning.
Met Eireann is predicting: “Strong winds developing on Thursday especially in northwestern areas.
“Dry in many midland and eastern regions for much of the day, but rain developing in western areas in the morning will extend eastwards later.
“Strong and gusty southerly winds, gale force for a time in parts of Connacht and Ulster and afternoon temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees C. The rain will clear eastwards to heavy showers on Thursday night and it will turn much colder with temperatures falling to 3 to 5 degrees C.
“Friday will be a cold and blustery day with widespread showers, some of hail or thunder. Much cooler than previous days with afternoon highs of 7 to 10 degrees C and feeling cold in the blustery westerly wind.”
Accuweather meanwhile concurs that Abigail will track just north and west of Ireland and Scotland on Thursday, unleashing heavy rain and strong winds from Thursday through into Friday.
Eddy Carroll, Chief Meteorologist said: “There remains some uncertainty regarding the exact extent and timing of strongest winds but current forecasts suggest that this storm could have some medium impacts such as disruption to transport and so a warning has been issued and the first storm has been named as Abigail.”