Sunday 17 December 2017

No end to showers but weather to get milder

Greg Harkin

Ireland is facing at least five more days of heavy downpours as May continues where April left off, forecasters have warned.

However, it is getting milder, with temperatures in Dublin and Mullingar hitting 17C yesterday afternoon.

And today's bank holiday will be the best of a bad bunch of days, with bright, sunny spells, particularly in Leinster.

Amateur sports events across the country bore the brunt of the terrible weekend weather, with Saturday particularly bad.

Between 7am on Saturday and 7am yesterday, experts said, an average of 23.8mm of rain fell over the entire country.

"This amounts to a total of about 2,009,219,800,000 - more than two trillion litres of water," said Feral Tierney from Irish Weather Online.


"That's 315,000 litres for each man, woman and child, or about two billion bathtubs."

Thunderstorms yesterday left roads in many areas of the midlands in a treacherous condition.

More than 3,000 people taking part in the charity North West 10k in Letterkenny battled through the heat of sunny spells and massive downpours.

Willemien Phelan, Met Éireann forecaster, said today would be the sunniest day of the week for most, with the best of the May sunshine in the east of the country.

"It's nice when the sun is out and that will be best in Leinster through the bank holiday but there is more chance of a shower lingering in the west," she said.

"It's a week to have an umbrella handy because after Monday we will have a continued mix of sunshine and showers."

The return to work tomorrow for most will see poor road conditions.

A band of heavy rain from the south west will settle over Ireland overnight tonight with Leinster bearing the brunt of the weather system.

"It is milder. We have to remember it is still spring but we will have temperatures in the mid-teens throughout the week," said Ms Phelan.

"Make the most of the sunshine when you have it, because there will always be a risk of showers through the week."

Showers will develop widely once again tomorrow, merging bring longer spells of rain.

They will die out from most areas but will continue along western coasts on tomorrow night and temperatures will fall to 4C again.

Ms Phelan said Wednesday will be a windy day, with a mix of sunny spells and showers.

The showers, in the west at first, will become widespread during the day, but will die out overnight.

Thursday will be a drier day with just isolated showers in the north of the country.

Current indications suggest a possibly milder weekend and, although still quite unsettled, there will be longer dry periods.

"It will be even milder by next weekend but at the moment it looks like more showers are on the way for then too, but possibly less frequent," the forecaster added.

Irish Independent

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