Monday 16 October 2017

Nuala sets trend for holiday weekend as rain back in vogue

RTE weather woman Nuala Carey on Dublin's Wicklow Street
RTE weather woman Nuala Carey on Dublin's Wicklow Street
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

ANYONE heading out and about over the next few days will have to follow the example of RTE weather woman Nuala Carey and break out the brolly.

Ms Carey didn't let the rain stop her from doing some shopping on Dublin's Grafton Street yesterday, bringing a pink umbrella to keep herself dry.

And the bank holiday weekend is set to be a washout after forecasters predicted more thundery downpours.

Those hoping for a return to our heatwave conditions for the last bank holiday weekend of the summer will be disappointed, as Met Eireann said it will remain unsettled with further showers or spells of rain.

And after an exceptionally dry first few weeks of July – when Ireland recorded its longest spell of hot weather since 1995 and many areas were officially plunged into drought – the rain has come back with a vengeance.

Forecaster Jean Byrne said that since the weather broke early last week, many parts of the country have since seen twice their normal rainfall.

She said a combination of very mild humid air over Ireland and the sun heating the ground was responsible for sparking thunderstorms almost anywhere.

Today will see some sunny spells mixed in among the thundery downpours.

However, tomorrow will see a more organised band of rain moving in from the Atlantic and drenching most parts of the country.

Thursday will start off bright in the east with the possibility of temperatures reaching the mid-20s before more rain moves westwards across the country.

Friday and Saturday will have a mixture of sunny spells and heavy thundery showers and, at this early stage, it looks like Sunday could be the best day of the bank holiday weekend with fewer showers.

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