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Saturday 19 August 2017

Bank holiday washout: Heavy rain to sweep in from the Atlantic

Heavy rain on Talbot Street, Dublin
Heavy rain on Talbot Street, Dublin

Geraldine Gittens

Met Eireann is predicting cooler weather and heavy rain for the bank holiday weekend.

Forecaster Joan Blackburn said temperatures will drop to between 10 and 12 degrees on Saturday, and rain showers will sweep through the country.

“We had settled weather for the last few weeks, but now it’s declining through this week. The weather is unsettled.”

“It looks like a cool weekend with showers in place on Saturday and on Sunday. Some of the showers are likely to be heavy on Saturday night and Sunday.”

Friday morning will start off dry but a rain band will sweep in from the Atlantic and will bring widespread rain later on Friday with some heavy falls in places.

“Later on Monday and Tuesday we’ll see heavy rain. The prospects aren‘t great,” she said.

“The Atlantic is back in charge now really, on Saturday the winds are coming in off the Atlantic, the winds will be westerly/ soutwesterly.”

Today, temperatures are ranging between 14 and 16 degrees, but by Saturday the temperatures will have dropped to between 10 and 12 degrees.

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