Monday 25 September 2017

Thunder, heavy showers, strong gales and sunny spells all expected for washout weekend

Ireland is braced for a wet and windy weekend
Ireland is braced for a wet and windy weekend

Kathy Armstrong

Brace yourself as thunder, heavy showers and strong gales are predicted for this weekend.

While temperatures are still expected to reach up to 18C over the coming days, we should prepare for wintery weather if we're heading outdoors.

Met Eireann Forecaster Matthew Martin told Independent.ie that we're in for an unsettled few days.

He said: "Tomorrow morning is going to start off bright, although there could be scattered showers for the northern half of the country.

"It's going to be cloudier in the south and there will be outbreaks of rain.

"Friday afternoon should see heavy and thundery showers, although there will be bright spells.

"We can expect highest temperatures of 17C, although it will feel quite cool and there will be light to moderate westerly breezes."

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Mr Martin continued to say that things are going to be quite changeable over the next few days.

He said: "An unsettled weather regime will dominate Ireland over the next several days with wet and windy conditions expected at times.

"Mean air temperatures will be close to or slightly below normal. However, there are some indications that more settled conditions will develop later next week.

"Saturday will be a cool and blustery day with heavy showers, becoming more widespread through the afternoon.

"The showers will become isolated during the evening and it looks set to turn largely dry overnight.

"Northwesterly winds will be strong and gusty but will moderate later in the day. Highest temperatures will be around 17C.

"On Sunday outbreaks of rain will spread eastwards across the country during the morning, clearing into the Irish Sea during the afternoon.

"Bright spells and blustery showers will follow into the west, the showers will turn heavy and prolonged in parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster by evening.

"Highs of 14 to 18 degrees in fresh southwest winds. Becoming very windy overnight with gales developing along Atlantic coasts and showery rain spreading nationwide. "

He said that widespread showers, hail and thunder are all expected on Monday.

Mr Martin noted that Northwesterly winds will be strong and gusty with gales along Atlantic coasts.

Tuesday will be drier with some sunny spells but there is a risk of more wet and very windy weather extending from the Atlantic later in the day.

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