Storm Ellen is making itself felt

After a relatively calm day on Thursday with 10.5 hours of sunshine and an above average maximum 22.2C (+1.2C), the wind began to increase in strength around 23.00 Thursday evening. This was due to the very deep depression to the north west of the country named Storm Ellen by Met Eireann.

It has been another very mild night with a minimum of 15.9C being 4.3C above the 36-year average. A little before dawn on Friday, at 05.13, a maximum gust of 33mph was recorded.

Friday brought broken cloud and bright intervals to start the day with the wind very gusty and still rising in strength with the occasional light shower giving a rainfall total for the past day of 2.3mm.

Update on Friday at 18.00: maximum gust of 43mph at 13.55.