Saturday 3 December 2016

Threat of thunder this bank holiday weekend

Paul Healy

Published 01/05/2015 | 02:30

Thunder and lightning is on the way this bank holiday weekend, as we head into the start of summer
Thunder and lightning is on the way this bank holiday weekend, as we head into the start of summer

Thunder and lightning is on the way this bank holiday weekend, as we head into the start of summer.

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The seasons have been suffering an identity crisis of late with one of the hottest weeks of the year followed by this week's chilly temperatures and outbreaks of hail.

Despite hopes that the bank holiday might bring a return to the balmy weather, Met Éireann has forecasted a bleak period ahead.

"It's not going to be a great bank holiday, I'd say overall," said John Eagleton of Met Éireann. He said that tomorrow would be the "worst day" of the long weekend.

Increased winds are expected to compound the rainy and cold weather.

Conditions are expected to pick up on Sunday, where much of the country will enjoy temperatures of up to 16C.

However, the wet weather and warmth will bring an element of humidity to the air, leading to the possibility of thunder.

"There will be a jump in the weather on Sunday and it will be quite nice for a time," Mr Eagleton said.

"But we will see a build-up of clouds and there will be the chance of thunder; we could see that occurring anywhere."

Today is expected to be a moderate day with some cloudy conditions and scattered outbreaks of rain. The bulk of the country will be dry, with good sunshine in places.

Irish Independent

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