Four seasons in one day - photographs taken minutes apart perfectly capture Ireland's unpredictable weather
South of the country hit by torrential rain and flash flooding
Published 10/04/2016 | 19:31
Just when you thought the Irish weather couldn't become any more unpredictable, these three photographs come along.
The three images were taken within five minutes and less than three miles of each other yesterday afternoon near Longford town.
Independent.ie reader Marie Kenny sent in the photographs which appear to show scenes from three different seasons, but were in fact taken just minutes apart.
"It was like lines had been drawn on the road," Marie said of the changeable weather.
The area in Longford experienced heavy rain, snowfall and gale force winds within a few hours.
Meanwhile, a status orange weather warning remains in effect this evening nationwide after some parts of the country experienced torrential rain and gale force winds today.
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Rain is expected to spread to northern and eastern areas overnight, but the rapid downfalls have left parts of the country flooded.
The high spring tides and heavy downpours resulted in flash flooding in Skibbereen in west Cork with Bridge Street having to be closed to traffic.
Flash flooding in Skibbereen pic.twitter.com/pq52HnjpA4— Denis O'Driscoll (@DenisODriscoll1) April 10, 2016
Damage was also caused to a number of low-lying properties.
Meanwhile, three fishermen were rescued when their boat got into difficulties off Kinsale during the inclement weather.
The men - all understood to be Portuguese nationals - were rescued by RNLI and Irish Coastguard units shortly before 6pm.
The Irish Coastguard helicopter was launched in support of the rescue operation.
Gardaí appealed to motorists to drive with extreme caution given the enforced closure of a number of roads in north and west Cork due to flooding.