Friday 30 September 2016

Mixed bag of rain and sun for rest of the week

Published 13/09/2016 | 02:30

The worst of last night’s deluge is over – but we should keep the brollies handy for at least another day
The worst of last night’s deluge is over – but we should keep the brollies handy for at least another day

The worst of last night's deluge is over - but we should keep the brollies handy for at least another day, according to Met Éireann.

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A tropical weather system that dropped up to 70mm of rain over the west overnight on Sunday and Monday morning was expected to push eastward last night, bringing up to 25mm of rain to some parts by early this morning.

But a stalled cold front over the Irish Sea is expected to hang around today, giving us a soggy start to the day with possible spot flooding in some areas by dawn, according to Met Eireann forecaster Siobhan Ryan.

While conditions will gradually improve through the day - bringing drier weather to the east coast along with the risk of sporadic showers and drizzle - it's a far cry from the other side of the Irish Sea.

Forecasters in the UK are bracing for England's hottest September day there since September 2, 1961, with the mercury expected to hit 31C in the east, southeast, east midlands and London areas.

While here, it will remain mild, with highest temperatures of between 16C and 18C.

Tomorrow will start off rainy in the east, which will gradually spread westward over the course of the day.

While the rain may linger - with a risk of more widespread rain and scattered showers - the south and east will fare the best with drier conditions and warm temperatures of up to 22C.

Conditions will begin to improve again on Thursday or late tomorrow, Ms Ryan said.

Although rain is possible on Thursday "it will be an improving situation," she added.

Most areas will wake up to clearing conditions by Thursday morning with mainly dry conditions and sunny spells.

Temperatures will also remain pleasantly mild, with highs of between 16C and 19C forecast.

Friday is looking like the best day of the week so far, although there will be a mixture of sunshine and showers.

However, some scattered rain will be confined to mostly western areas.

Temperatures will drop back slightly, but it will still be mild, hovering between 15 and 18C.

Irish Independent

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