Monday 27 January 2020

Heavy rainfall set to continue but sunnier skies ahead for Electric Picnic

Eoghan McNeill

The heavy rainfall that yesterday swept across Ireland is set to continue, killing hopes for a bright end to the summer, according to Met Eireann.

Although afternoon highs of 18 C are expected tomorrow, heavy rain is set to hit the southwest and is “expected to spread in the afternoon with the wind picking up,” said Vincent O’Shea, Met Eireann.

Thursday will see increased wind across the country, with showers set to merge to longer spells of rain.

Following a blustery Friday, it is hoped that conditions will dry out for the the weekend – good news for those attending the sold-out Electric Picnic. 

Despite the continuing wet and windy weather, people on the streets of the capital seemed reasonably happy in the rain.

“I’ve been grand. I’ve been cycling away – it’s been quite exhilarating, really,” said Lisa McNulty.

Aaron Cummins, an English tourist, knew what he was getting himself in for weather-wise:

“I think the Irish weather is a lot like England: wet, wet, and more wet,” he said, in drizzle beside Stephen’s Green.

Luckily for Aaron, his plans to visit the Guinness Factory, the Aviva Stadium and Trinity College shouldn’t be affected by the weather.

Cormac Teevan, a young festival goer who’s hoping for good weather at Electric Picnic this weekend is sanguine about the summer we’ve had:

“I think it’s a typical Irish summer: nothing amazing, nothing great. We haven’t got drowned out of it – we can call it a win in that situation,” he said.

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