Tuesday 17 July 2018

Four seasons in one day - photographs taken minutes apart perfectly capture Ireland's unpredictable weather

South of the country hit by torrential rain and flash flooding

Marie Kenny took three photographs within minutes of each other
Marie Kenny took three photographs within minutes of each other

Denise Calnan and Ralph Riegel

Just when you thought the Irish weather couldn't become any more unpredictable, these three photographs come along.

The three images were taken within five minutes and less than three miles of each other yesterday afternoon near Longford town.

(Photo: Independent.ie/Marie Kenny)
(Photo: Independent.ie/Marie Kenny)

Independent.ie reader Marie Kenny sent in the photographs which appear to show scenes from three different seasons, but were in fact taken just minutes apart.

"It was like lines had been drawn on the road," Marie said of the changeable weather.

(Photo: Independent.ie/Marie Kenny)
(Photo: Independent.ie/Marie Kenny)

The area in Longford experienced heavy rain, snowfall and gale force winds within a few hours.

Meanwhile, a status orange weather warning remains in effect this evening nationwide after some parts of the country experienced torrential rain and gale force winds today.

(Photo: Independent.ie/Marie Kenny)
(Photo: Independent.ie/Marie Kenny)

Rain is expected to spread to northern and eastern areas overnight, but the rapid downfalls have left parts of the country flooded.

The high spring tides and heavy downpours resulted in flash flooding in Skibbereen in west Cork with Bridge Street having to be closed to traffic.

Damage was also caused to a number of low-lying properties.

Meanwhile, three fishermen were rescued when their boat got into difficulties off Kinsale during the inclement weather.

The men - all understood to be Portuguese nationals - were rescued by RNLI and Irish Coastguard units shortly before 6pm.

The Irish Coastguard helicopter was launched in support of the rescue operation.

Gardaí appealed to motorists to drive with extreme caution given the enforced closure of a number of roads in north and west Cork due to flooding.

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