Friday 23 March 2018

Southwest suffering heavy rainfall as aftermath of Hurricane Gert makes landfall

The latest weather chart from Met Eireann
The latest weather chart from Met Eireann

Cillian Sherlock

Hurricane Gert’s after effects are being fully felt in the southwest as heavy rain pours down over Co. Kerry, with 5mm of rain falling in just 15 minutes.

The rainfall comes as one of the first manifestations of the yellow rainfall warning in effect for today which will last into early next week.

The warning indicates that we will see heavy, thundery spells of rain with accumulations of 30 to 50mm in mountain areas.

The effects of the ex-hurricane event will be mostly felt in Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare and North Tipperary.

According to the Met Éireann website, the weather will continue to be warm and humid for the next few days.

GAA fans in Croke Park for the throw-in between Kerry and Mayo at 3.30pm today will be hoping to avoid potential pockets of heavy and thundery rain which are following a dry start to the day.

Elsewhere, the weather will be mild and humid with outbreaks of rain coming in from the south-west spreading across the whole country but not quite reaching North Ulster.

This rain will turn heavy and persistent with a risk of possible thundery bursts and spot flooding.

The ‘tropical’ air coming from the aftermath of the hurricane will mean we will see highest temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees today, which will fall to lows of 12 to 16 degrees overnight.

Starting your week on Monday will see more of the same humid conditions including thundery downpours and the risk of surface flooding.

Parts of Leinster and Munster will see the best temperatures in the mid-twenties for some hazy sunshine while elsewhere will have a general range of 18-21 degrees.

It will be warm overnight on Monday and conditions will remain mostly unchanged during the day on Tuesday with temperatures hitting the mid-twenties in sunny spells. 

There will be a risk of low visibility in coastal and hill areas due to patches of rain, drizzle and fog.

We won’t be clear of the risk of thunder on Tuesday despite more clear spells developing in the evening and night.

The outlook for Wednesday indicates an end to the ex-hurricane’s effect on our weather for a bright and fresh day with sunny spells.

Thursday will be mainly dry in the east and southeast while the rest of the country will see mostly cloudy conditions and some rain in temperatures in the mid-teens.

The mixed weather will continue into next weekend.

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