Status yellow weather warning issued for Leitrim

Claire McGovern

Reporter:

Claire McGovern

Status yellow weather warning  issued for Leitrim

A a Status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Leitrim.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for Leitrim, Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Sligo.

Heavy rain is forecast at times this afternoon and tonight, with falls of 25 to 40 mm expected and a risk of local flooding.

The Status Yellow warning is valid from today Monday at 1pm to Tuesday at 5am.

Meanwhile AA Ireland is warning motorists to exercise additional caution in the coming days as large amounts of rainfall are expected as the remnants of tropical Storm Helene pass over Ireland.

AA Ireland is calling on drivers in the affected counties to adapt their driving to suit the weather conditions and to be on the lookout for vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians as visibility could be reduced during heavy rain.

“The expectation with this storm, according to Met Eireann, is that we will have a large volume of rainfall in quite a short space of time meaning that the risk of flooding in the affected areas is quite high,” Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs stated. 

“When you combine this with the lengthy, mostly dry spell of weather we’ve had recently motorists can expect roads in the affected areas to be significantly more slippery meaning that slowing down and slowing extra distance between yourself and other road users, especially vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians, will be vital.”

“Driving in heavy rain is something that motorists across the country are well practiced in and ultimately it does not appear that Helene will bring weather conditions anywhere near as serious as what parts of the country saw last year with Ophelia. That said, however, we can’t get complacent where road safety is concerned so it’s important that motorists adapt their driving to the conditions,” he concluded.