Sunday 4 December 2016

More heavy rain on the way as respite ends for flood-hit communities

Martin Grant

Published 21/01/2016 | 02:30

Maria Lawlor and her dogs enjoy the crisp morning sunshine along the banks of the River Boyne in Trim, Co Meath, yesterday. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Maria Lawlor and her dogs enjoy the crisp morning sunshine along the banks of the River Boyne in Trim, Co Meath, yesterday. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Heavy rain is predicted over the next few days, adding to the woes of flood-hit communities.

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Forecasters have warned that a significant amount of rain will fall between today and the weekend.

Although the country has enjoyed sunny spells in recent days, umbrellas will be needed from today.

It will be cloudy and breezy tomorrow with outbreaks of rain, which will become persistent along the south coast.

Temperatures will range from 10 to 12 degrees, mild for this time of year.

However, rain will continue to fall across the country tomorrow and thick cloud will form on Saturday.

Met Éireann forecaster Willemien Phelan said the rain could cause further problems for flood-affected areas. "Although there has been a dry period and river levels would have gone down, there is a risk in areas that are still flooded," Ms Phelan told the Irish Independent.

"The rain will be heavy in areas. It's not going to help the situation.

"It's not extreme and there are no warnings at this stage," she added.

Irish Independent

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