June off to a damp start as heavy rain forecast for week
KEEP your umbrellas and raincoats close to hand -- heavy rain is expected throughout most of this week, with little hope of a return to sunny summer weather any time soon.
Met Eireann said that while today should be generally dry, the rain will return from tonight with unsettled weather forecast for the rest of the week.
And a spokesman said despite widespread predictions that the country would bask in glorious sunshine over the June bank holiday weekend, there was always the threat of rain.
"It looked like it was going to be not so bad, but we always had the uncertainty," he said.
"The weather charts always had rain in the south, it was never certain it was going to work out for the bank holiday weekend. It wasn't too bad in the northern half of the country, but the rain was heavier than forecast -- it's not unusual, but you would see it more often in the autumn."
The bad weather over the weekend didn't deter people from attending a host of summer festivals, including Bloom in the Park and the Bavaria city racing in Dublin, but heavy rain caused spot flooding in the capital which resulted in DART services between Dun Laoghaire and Bray being suspended for more than an hour yesterday morning.
Met Eireann said the rest of the week wasn't going to be much better -- but that people running in the Cork city marathon and women's mini-marathon in Dublin should be spared the worst of the downpours.
"Monday will be mainly dry with the risk of an odd shower, and some sunny spells will develop," the spokesman said.
"Winds will be light and from the east, but it will be quite cool, between 13C and 16C, and it will be mildest in the west.
"But rain will reach the south-west by the early evening and spread across the country during the night. Tuesday will have outbreaks of rain, and it will be cool. The rest of the week is going to be unsettled, with low pressure dominant and showers throughout the day. There's no sign of it improving."