Sunshine set to end with thunderstorms and possible floods on the way
Unseasonably hot temperatures are set to bring us tropical-style thunderstorms, which have already caused havoc in France and Germany, forecasters have warned.
Met Éireann has issued an orange status weather warning as some of the downpours could bring flash floods to parts of the country over the next week, following the glorious sunshine of the past week.
Forecaster Evelyn Cusack said isolated showers yesterday would become more widespread today, potentially hitting many Bank Holiday festivals across the country.
The weather alert is in place from noon today until midnight tonight.
Ms Cusack said the downpours would lead to treacherous driving conditions, especially in the midlands, west and north west.
"Warm humid air from Europe will bring heavy thunderstorms, which could cause flooding and disruption," she said.
"There are still several orange and red status flood warnings in operation in France and Germany and we too are getting into this warm, humid air mass."
The worst of the downpours will be today, with further thunder and lightning storms tomorrow.
She said Met Éireann may issue further weather warnings this morning.
Potato farmers are also being warned that this week's humid conditions could spread blight in their crops.
However, a new high pressure that is building will bring a hot and dry day on Wednesday, with temperatures topping 24C.
Most of the country will be hot and dry on Thursday too, but an Atlantic weather system is set to bring rain to the northwest and southwest later in the day.
Ms Cusack warned that the weather system could bring non-stop rain to the whole country on Friday and continue through next weekend. Temperatures could drop by 10C.
"That is not certain as yet but it's our best guestimate based on current weather models," she added.
Thunderstorms in France have left four people dead, with Paris seeing its worst floods in decades.