Tuesday 17 October 2017

Midsummer's day misery as height of summer is damp squib

Gareth Naughton

MIDSUMMER'S day brought misery for plenty of people who were caught out by heavy downpours -- with more rain to come.

June 24 is traditionally known as the height of summer, but yesterday the sunshine was interspersed with regular patches of rain.

However, Ireland at least escaped the brunt of the monster rain, which saw a month's worth of rain fall in one day in Scotland and northern England.

And there is no cause for concern about freak weather, despite heavier than normal rainfall predicted for midweek, according to Met Eireann.

Light rains are expected to spread from the south over the course of the week, with above- average rainfall for late June predicted.

Forecasters expect between 30mm to 50mm between tomorrow and Friday. Temperatures will be humid but are expected to start cooling a little by the weekend.

"There will be widespread rain across the country on Thursday -- but there is nothing to be alarmed about," said Met Eireann's Sandra Spillane. "They may issue a 'Be Aware' warning in the UK, but we will not be doing that," she said.

"The moment summer starts, people expect good weather -- but we are an island with a huge body of water right beside us," said Ms Spillane.

"We might be lucky and get periods of high pressure sometimes but at the moment it is low pressure that is coming in."

The unsettled weather is expected to remain for now, but it could have been much worse.

Ireland had originally been in line for the torrential rains that saw parts of northern England evacuated on Friday night.

However, a cold front coming across the Atlantic pushed the heaviest of this rain east to our neighbours.

Irish Independent

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