Monday 26 September 2016

Bank holiday weekend to be a wash-out with rain and wind battering the country

David Kearns

Published 31/07/2015 | 16:35

Met Eireann is forecasting a wet and windy weekend ahead
Met Eireann is forecasting a wet and windy weekend ahead
Members of the public brave the bad weather in Dublin's City Centre Credit: Gareth Chaney Collins
Credit: Fergal Phillips

For those looking forward to a nice long weekend of beer gardens and BBQs, Met Éireann has some bad news - the August bank holiday weekend will likely be a wash-out, with rain and wind battering the country for most of the weekend.

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The last weekend of summer is going to be fairly cloudy and wet affair, with rain from the west of Ireland slowly spreading eastwards for the next two days.

It is the North-West that will bear the brunt of this persistent, heavy, and possibly thundery, rain but elsewhere will not fair much better.

A rainy morning will give way to a brighter Friday evening, the Met said.

Highest temperatures across the country will be 14 to 17 degrees.

"Most of the country will stay dry overnight, but there will be a few showers in the west with temperatures ranging between 7 and 10 degrees.

“Expect a few sunny breaks in the West during the weekend,” they added.

Saturday is set to be cloudy with rain starting in the West and heading East with temperatures dipping to 9-12 degrees.

Do not pack away the brollies - the rain is set to continue into early next week Credit: Fergal Phillips
Do not pack away the brollies - the rain is set to continue into early next week Credit: Fergal Phillips

"The southern half of the country will see a mostly dry start with some sunny spells but cloud will increase from the south with patchy rain or drizzle developing in southern coastal counties in the afternoon."

Sunday will see rain throughout the country, heaviest in the West, with some dry spells in the East.

The latest rainfall radar Credit: Met Éireann
The latest rainfall radar Credit: Met Éireann

"Persistent and prolonged rain is likely to affect the western half of the country during the day and evening with heavy falls in Atlantic coastal counties," said the Met.

There will be be some dry intervals in the East but with "cloudy with outbreaks of rain or drizzle there too".

The North-West that will bear the brunt of the persistent rain Credit: Gareth Chaney Collins
The North-West that will bear the brunt of the persistent rain Credit: Gareth Chaney Collins

Bank Holiday Monday will see strong to gale force southerly winds, due to a nearby Atlantic depression, which may bring heavy showers to the West and some dryer weather in the East.

"Here is potential for heavy showers especially in western areas, while parts of the East could see more dry intervals.

AA Roadwatch is warning drivers to expect slippery roads Credit: Orlagh Bailey
AA Roadwatch is warning drivers to expect slippery roads Credit: Orlagh Bailey

"The southerly winds will bring a milder airmass and with a chance of some sunny spells in between showers it will become a little warmer with highs of 16 to 19 degrees," Met Éireann added.

The weather for the coming week is expected to be unsettled, with rain expected to fall almost every day.

Motorists are being urged to be mindful of the driving conditions ahead of the weekend.

AA Roadwatch said the "fast-evaporating" water would leave road surfaces "particularly slippery... with traffic collisions are almost inevitable."

"We’re used to these kinds of downpours in autumn or winter but torrential downpours followed by overcast humid conditions can make driving quite dangerous," they said.

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