Heavy rains and winds forecast for Saturday as Storm Ernesto passes

Subtropical storm Ernesto engulfed by wildfire smoke on August 16

Saturday afternoon should be grand because it's set to be "rather cloudy and misty generally, with some patches of drizzle scattered about, these mainly over Ulster and parts of north Connacht".

Meanwhile, waters in the main development region of the tropical Atlantic are warmer than they were in June, but still slightly cooler than normal.

"But it will bring some rain overnight Saturday night, and an increase in wind". Lows of 11 to 14 degrees.

A humid and warm day for many, with temperatures in the high teens or low twenties. We'll see morning showers over coastal and metro areas with most of the storms inland by the afternoon and early evening hours.

We have just one person to blame: Ernesto.

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As National Hurricane Center scientist Eric Blake tweeted, the contrast in activity with August 17, 2018, in the strip of the tropical Atlantic from Africa to the Caribbean couldn't be more stark. Now, we could be feeling some of its affects.

Met Eireann issued the nationwide warning today, stating that "high-intensity" rainfall is to be expected due to the tropical storm.

Rainfall levels of up to 20mm are forecast to occur quite widely with higher levels of rain to be expected in some local areas.

Forecasters say they'll continue to closely monitor the situation.

It's valid between 8pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday.

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