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Thursday 24 July 2014

Met Eireann warns of flash flooding as weather system approaches Irish coast

Eoghan McNeill

Published 16/07/2014|11:49

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The flooded car park overlooking Dublin Bay at Clontarf at High Tide in January. Picture credit:  Steve Humphreys
The flooded car park overlooking Dublin Bay at Clontarf at High Tide in January. Picture credit: Steve Humphreys

Dublin and parts of the East coast could face flash flooding tomorrow night, Met Eireann has warned.

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The risk of flooding comes from a tropical air mass originating from the north of Spain which could cause large amounts of rain to fall in a short period, according to Dr. Klara Finkele at Met Eireann.

While the projected rainfall –  about 10mm – is usually not enough to fall within warning criteria, the short bursts of rain are a cause of concern for forecasters.

These heavy downpours may be as intense as those seen in Dublin in October 2011 when a number of rivers burst their banks, resulting in widespread infrastructural damage in the city.

However Met Eireann says it’s too early to know whether conditions will get as bad as that, or pinpoint which areas will be most affected.

Dr. Finkele warned that most of the East Coast is in the path of the approaching air mass. 

The weather is however due to take a turn for the better over the weekend.

Temperatures could reach as high as the mid-20s on Saturday and Sunday.

“The weekend will be very warm and mild, muggy,” said Dr. Finkele.

“The thundery downpours of Thursday of Friday are much more of a concern,” she added.

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