Friday 9 December 2016

Yellow alert as 30mm of rain forecast

Paul Healy

Published 02/05/2015 | 02:30

Ian Sheridan, Howth RNLI and his 22 month old daughter Astrid at the launch of the RNLI's Mayday fundraising campaign on Grafton Street. Photo: Pat Moore.
Ian Sheridan, Howth RNLI and his 22 month old daughter Astrid at the launch of the RNLI's Mayday fundraising campaign on Grafton Street. Photo: Pat Moore.

Expect the unexpected this bank holiday weekend - that's the message from the country's weather forecasters.

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Rain, thunder, sunny spells, cold weather and even some warm weather will all hit the country, as many plan to kick back and enjoy the extra time off outside.

And Met Éireann have issued a yellow weather warning for the whole country as it expects up to 30mm of rain to fall today.

As if that wasn't enough, the chances of thunder tomorrow are quite high, but it will be a largely sunny day, with temperatures of up to 16C.

"The only thing that has improved is the Monday," John Eagleton of Met Éireann told the Irish Independent.

"In a sense, a lot of the country will be decent enough that day, but there will be some rain in the evening coming from the south and in the afternoon there will be some rain in the south of Leinster."

Temperatures on bank holiday Monday will range from 14C to 15C.

Overall, last month was an "unusual" one, according to Met Éireann, as the typical April showers waited until the end of the month to appear.

Unusual

"It cooled down in the last week but we have had a very sunny month and I would say that overall even when it was cool it was still sunny," Mr Eagleton said.

"It has been a very unusual month in that it was dry initially, warm in the middle.

"We didn't really get the April showers until the end of the month, it was slow to arrive, it was sort of back to front, really," he said.

It seems the April showers will flow through into May as downpours are expected on Monday night.

Irish Independent

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