Tuesday 17 July 2018

Put on the winter coat - as more cold and rain on way

Workers from the drainage services department try to unblock drains on Hogan Street, Dublin, yesterday
Workers from the drainage services department try to unblock drains on Hogan Street, Dublin, yesterday

Shane O'Riordan

Wrap up warm and keep the brollies at the ready as heavy showers will prevail throughout the week.

A miserable wet weekend was the prelude to what will be a washout week for much of the country.

Friday's sunny spells set a bright start to the weekend, but breezy showers moved across the island and turned to stormy spells in some parts yesterday.

Met Éireann issued a yellow weather warning across Leinster, Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal as heavy rain poured down accompanied by thunder in places.

According to Met Éireann, a yellow rain warning signifies 20mm to 30mm of rain falling in less than 24 hours. But in what seemed like the first real weekend of autumn, a number of parts of the country experienced up to 36mm of rain.

And Knock Airport in CoMayo got as much as 50mm, according to Met Éireann meteorologist Eoin Sherlock.

The yellow weather warning ended in Leinster and Connacht in the mid-afternoon yesterday, but remained in effect in Ulster as the rain moved north-westerly over the island.

For the rest of the week we should escape the spot flooding that was experienced all across the country over the weekend. However, many areas will still experience heavy showers numerous times a day, every day.

Rain jackets will be a must this week - but many people will be swapping their light rain gear for heavier winter coats as temperatures will drop.

"It's a pretty poor end to August. We are expecting between 14C and 17C in most places which is around three degrees lower than normal for this time of year," said Mr Sherlock.

"At this point we can't tell what the end of the week will be like; there will be a conveyor belt of rain pushing in from south-west England through Wales and across to us for the next few days. There will be heavy showers at times on most days, but because of their nature some parts of the country might escape them."


Some patches of mist and fog will form in the midlands as temperatures fall to between 9C and 12C degrees as the week begins.

The national forecaster predicts reasonable brightness on Wednesday, with sunny spells and scattered heavy showers, but there is a risk of cloudier conditions in parts of the south with more persistent rain there earlier in the day. Afternoon temperatures will range from 14C to 18C.

Thursday will remain similar with a higher likelihood of rain.

With some schools returning from the summer holiday, AA Roadwatch advised drivers to take extra care, to reduce their speed and keep a safe distance from vehicles in front.

Irish Independent

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