Wednesday 17 January 2018

Pack up the BBQ - here comes the rain again

Heavy rain returned to the country after a weekend of warm weather
Heavy rain returned to the country after a weekend of warm weather
Blustery conditions prevail, with a gale force warning for the south west.
People enjoying the sunshine in St Stephen's Green on Monday afternoon.
14-month-old Nessa Ni Ralaigh and her dad Chris O enjoying the good weather at Sandycove, Dublin at the weekend.

After a weekend of sunshine and warm temperatures, today sees a return to rain – and Met Eireann warns, there is worse on the way.

As the nation returned to work yesterday in temperatures of  18 degrees,  the country woke up this morning to heavy rain and grey skies.  And Met Eireann have warned, there is worse to come.

The rain is set to continue for the day, with the worst conditions in the west and south, and tonight will see heavy and persistent rain with thunder.

Temperatures are set to fall again to as low as four degrees, with some spot flooding in areas.

There is also a weather warning for the south west where winds are expected to reach gale force. 

"We have probably enjoyed the best of it,"  forecaster Vincent O'Shea said of the weekend sun burst. 

The weather is going "progressively downhill," Mr O'Shea said of this week's forecast.

"It will be a good bit cooler and blustery on Wednesday and Thursday, with heavy showers or longer spells of rain," he added.

Some areas in the west and south could get up to 20mm of rain over tomorrow and Thursday.

However, the rain will come as a welcome relief to farmers who have been wishing for water for their crops. 

And there is also good news for sunlovers, as the weekend is set to see a  to return to dry and warm conditions.

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