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Sunday 20 April 2014

Put away the sunblock, it's rain and thunderstorms for the next 10 days

Members of the public brave the wet weather on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin.
Members of the public brave the wet weather on O'Connell Bridge, Dublin.

RAIN and thunderstorms will be with us for the next ten days, Met Eireann have warned.

After basking in an unusually long heat spell, Irish weather as we know it has come back with a bang.

And Met Eireann are advising that we pack our brollies for the next week or so.

Thunderstorms and heavy rain will be with us throughout the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend.

“The unsettled weather will continue right through the Bank Holiday weekend and into next week,” a spokesperson for Met Eireann said this evening.

Despite the frequent bouts of rain, the temperatures have remained quite warm and humid across the country.

While temperatures of high teens to low twenties are set to stay, we could be in for a bit more flash flooding that wreaked havoc on the country last week. 

“Tomorrow and Thursday we should expect more widespread, persistent rain.

“It could get really heavy in places with a risk of further thunderstorms.”

Yet all is not lost for those looking to enjoy some outdoor activities over the August bank holiday, according to Met Eireann. 

“Looking further ahead, sunny spells and scattered showers are forecast for Friday and Saturday. There may be some long dry spells, particularly in inland spots.”

Any festival goers heading to Oxygen or Castlepalooza this weekend may be lucky with some “very warm sunny spells” but ponchos and wellies are a must-have as “there will always be the risk of some heavy rain”. 

Our heatwave was the longest spell of warm weather since 1995 – with some local authorities having to ration water supplies in response.

However, the rain came back last week with torrential rainfall, thunderstorms and flash flooding reported in areas throughout the country.

Letterkenny General Hospital will be closed for the next few weeks after it’s new €20m A&E unit was flooded. Members of the public will be sent to hospitals in Derry and Sligo as the damage is repaired in the Donegal hospital.

Clerys’ Department store in Dublin remains closed after heavy rain damaged the store’s interior – assessment of the damage is still ongoing six days later.

And serious flooding was reported in Midleton, Co Cork.

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