Ireland could be set for a wild few days of weather as Storm Ciara has the potential to take its toll on parts of the country starting over the weekend.
While Met Eireann has yet to issue a weather warning, meteorologists are keeping a keen eye on systems that could well affect Ireland.
Met Eireann has predicted a spell of "unsettled weather to develop" over the weekend that could possibly turn stormy on Sunday.
The national forecast reads: "It looks like Friday will start out largely dry and apart from some light rain or drizzle it will continue dry until the evening. However, persistent and heavy rain is expected to move into the west later in the day or Friday night. Highest temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees. It will become breezy on approach of the rain later in the day.
"The trend for the following few days is for very unsettled weather to develop. At the moment, Saturday will start mostly dry with sunny spells but is likely to turn wet and windy or even very windy from the Atlantic during the day. Staying unsettled for the rest of the weekend and into early next week with heavy rain or showers along with strong winds occurring and possibly turning stormy."
It is a long way off in weather forecasting terms but the weather models are consistently showing a risk of a severe storm next Tuesday/Wednesday.
The next storm on the listed to be named by will be #StormCiara but far too early to know when she will arrive. pic.twitter.com/Uhp46ExEba
— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) February 4, 2020
The United Kingdom is already bracing for Storm Ciara and an update from Carlow Weather suggests that Ireland could feel the storm's forces next Tuesday or Wednesday.
Storm Ciara may well pass Ireland by with just a couple of Status Yellow wind warnings but it also remains possible that more severe conditions are experienced in parts of the country.
Stay tuned to Lovin.ie for more updates on the storm.