It's been a bizarre year in terms of Irish weather - and now there's a yellow rainfall warning as Storm Diana nears.

Met Éireann, the Irish weather watchdog, has issued a yellow warning for Dublin and other parts of Ireland as Storm Diana nears.

Storm Diana, which has been building in the mid-Atlantic, is expected to arrive in Ireland by the middle of this week. 

As part of the Storm's forecast, experts are predicting gusts of up to 96kmh in coastal areas by the Irish Sea and heavy rainfall of 20-30mm.

Read more: Experts warn that Ireland is in for another snowy harsh winter

Rain Warning Issued
Status: Yellow
Location: Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway and Mayo
Valid: Tues 2am to Tues 2pm
Warning details: https://t.co/ozrQHtoOkt pic.twitter.com/vWty52T6yO

— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) November 26, 2018

A Met Éireann forecaster said that the heavy rainfall expected to fall over a short period could lead to "some surface flooding".

Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, and Mayo have all been issued with the yellow rainfall warning.

A second alert issued relates to a wind warning, valid between 3 am and 3 pm on Tuesday, affecting Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, and Sligo.

According to the Irish Times, southeasterly winds will strengthen on Monday night and during Tuesday, reaching harsh speeds of 50-60kmh and gusts of 90-100kmh.

The UK is expected to fare worse in the face of Storm Diana. 

Storm Diana Met Office update: Where is Diana now? Will it hit YOU? - https://t.co/smsRkUJJkA pic.twitter.com/GBsCAYTlH1

— DailyNewsOnline365 (@DNO365) November 26, 2018

Dan Harris, the deputy chief meteorologist at the UK Met Office, said the country will see a "major change" in its weather in the week ahead.

“We expect spells of wet and windy weather to sweep across the UK from the southwest from Tuesday, although at the moment there is uncertainty around the timing and the focus for the heaviest rain and strong winds by Wednesday as Storm Diana approaches our shores," he said.

Read more about Ireland's previous storms this year including Callum, Ali, Florence, and Helene here 

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