Friday 15 December 2017

First Bank holiday weekend of the summer to be a washout as Met Eireann issues Status Yellow weather warning

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

THE first Bank Holiday weekend of the summer looks set to be a wash out, with Met Eireann issuing a ‘Status Yellow’ weather warning for rainfall.

Heavy rain and thundery downpours will affect most areas today, with the west and north being worst hit.

A Status Yellow weather warning was also issued last night, with up to 30mm of rain expected to fall in some areas today.

The heavy showers are expected to turn thundery in many areas over the course of the afternoon and evening.

There will be very little let up in showers over the next 24 hours, with Met Eireann warning it will be into the early hours of tomorrow morning before the heavy showers begin to clear.

“Tonight there will be further outbreaks of heavy rain in most areas, with a risk of thundery showers also”, Met Eireann said.

“Clearer weather will spread westwards from the Atlantic overnight, with some good dry spells.”

However there will only be a brief respite, as the rain will return again tomorrow.

Sunday won’t be as bad as today however, and some brief sunny spells will develop in some areas.

Bank Holiday Monday again looks set to be largely unsettled, with a mixture of heavy showers and occasional dry spells nationwide.

Early indications for next week indicate that heavy winds will develop midweek, possibly reaching gale force in some areas.

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