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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Sunny spell to come to sudden stop as weekend to be a washout

Published 03/07/2015 | 19:41

Downpour: Members of the public brave the bad weather in Dublin city centre
Downpour: Members of the public brave the bad weather in Dublin city centre

IRELAND’S unofficial heatwave looks set to come to a sudden halt this weekend, with thunderstorms and heavy showers of rain to spread throughout the country.

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Ireland has been basking in the hottest week of the year so far – and although not meeting the meteorological criteria for a heatwave – temperatures soared as high as 26C.

However more typically Irish weather looks set to make a return over the weekend.

Tomorrow will be a blustery day with a mixture of sunny spells, but many scattered showers.

Temperatures will be slightly lower than earlier in the week, with 21C expected to be the highest the mercury rises.

It will also feel slightly cooler, due to strong south-westerly winds.

However Sunday is when the weather will really turn.

Heavy showers will become widespread over the course of Sunday morning, with few areas remaining dry.

Some of these heavy showers will become thundery also.

The rain will ease over the course of Sunday evening, however returning to work on Monday will be tough, as the rain is set to return.

Showers will spread throughout the country just before dawn on Monday morning.

Early indications suggest the rain will remain until midweek, however there is the possibility conditions will improve in the latter part of next week heading towards the weekend.

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