Weather warning: Gales and heavy rain as Storm Abigail makes landfall

Winter is coming..... storms like this one back in December 2014 cvould return this weekend. (Picture shows vehicles trying to negotiate the Lagg Road(between Malin Town and Malin Head as an Atlantic storm swept inland at Trawbreaga Bay.  DER5014MC052 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)
Winter is coming..... storms like this one back in December 2014 cvould return this weekend. (Picture shows vehicles trying to negotiate the Lagg Road(between Malin Town and Malin Head as an Atlantic storm swept inland at Trawbreaga Bay. DER5014MC052 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)
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Parts of the north west are expected to be battered by high winds and thunderstorms over the next few days as Storm Abigail makes landfall.

Forecasters have predicted the north west of Ireland will be among the worst areas affected by Storm Abigail over the coming days.

The storm is expected to move in on Thursday with winds of up to 80 miles an hour expected in some parts through into Friday.

Met Eireann is predicting: “Strong winds developing on Thursday again 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.”