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Wednesday 21 August 2019

More unsettled weather on the way as soggy weekend winds down

Conor Mahon, from Co Offaly, splashes in a puddle at the Galway Races. Photos: Ray Ryan/Damien Eagers
Conor Mahon, from Co Offaly, splashes in a puddle at the Galway Races. Photos: Ray Ryan/Damien Eagers
Family outing: Barry, Daisy and Poppy Fitzpatrick at the Spraoi International Street Arts Festival in Waterford City. Photo: Patrick Browne
Performers at the City Carnival on College Green in Dublin. Photos: Ray Ryan/Damien Eagers

Allison Bray

The good news is the worst of the wash-out weather is behind us as the August bank holiday weekend winds down today.

Up to 30mm of rain - with potential spot flooding from heavy downpours - was forecast to fall by 10pm last night as a Status Yellow rainfall warning went into effect for all of Connacht, as well as counties Donegal, Clare, Kerry and Limerick.

While it will start off dry and bright in the east this morning, showers will spread from the west and become widespread nationwide by this afternoon and evening with some heavy or thundery showers, say forecasters.

Temperatures will remain moderately warm with highs of between 17C and 20C. However, strong to gusty southwest breezes accompanying the showers will keep things on the cool side, especially along coasts, according to Met Éireann.

The picture will remain unsettled for the rest of the week, with a mix of showers and sunny spells.

But it will remain warm, with daytime highs of 22C and bright sunny spells before showers continue to build by late afternoon and clear away in the evening.

But the less-than-summery conditions didn't dampen the spirits of thousands of festival-goers who flocked to bank holiday events across the country.

However, some music fans heading to Waterford for the All Together Now festival at the Curraghmore estate in Ardmore took to social media to vent their frustration over long tailbacks leading to the festival site on Friday night.

Some fans said they were stuck in traffic jams for hours and missed some of the opening night acts.

However, organisers appealed for patience, explaining the festival was undergoing teething problems at the venue.

"We have the pleasure of curating a festival on this incredible landscape, but with that comes challenges," said festival organisers.

"The home of the festival, the Curraghmore estate, was built in the 15th century, with a complex network of surrounding country roads."

Other music fans were spoiled for choice this weekend, with a plethora of festivals catering to a wide array of genres.

Old-school hip-hop veteran Grandmaster Flash was among the headline acts at the Beatyard Festival in Dún Laoghaire at the weekend, which also featured a performance by UK electronica duo Groove Armada.

Country music fans flocked to the Ballymore Country Music Festival in Co Westmeath today to catch headliner Nathan Carter.

Many delighted punters looked to the sky this weekend as air shows featuring vintage planes and wing-walkers performed at the Rush Harbour Festival and air show in north Co Dublin on Saturday.

Meanwhile thousands of spectators enjoyed the Birr Air Display, which took place at the Birr airfield in Co Offaly yesterday.

Irish Independent

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