Tuesday 21 November 2017

Respite from heavy rain - but danger remains

Murphy the dog swimming through the flood waters in Mukanagh, Athlone. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Murphy the dog swimming through the flood waters in Mukanagh, Athlone. Photo: Fergal Phillips

Jane O'Faherty

There will be some relief from the relentless rain of recent weeks in the coming days, but Met Éireann says the problematic wet weather is far from over.

Speaking at a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group, forecaster Gerald Fleming said while rainfall levels were set to be significantly lower, the risk of flooding still loomed large.

"Looking at the next three days, it looks like we're heading into a showery, more cool period of weather, when we get some brief respite from these heavy falls of rain that we have experienced over the past month," he said.

However, Mr Fleming warned that another downpour was expected on Wednesday, which could have the potential to bring another significant fall of rain.

Between Saturday morning and Sunday morning, the counties of Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Galway and Mayo saw around 10mm to 20mm of rainfall.

Other areas of the country had accumulations of 5mm to 10mm, with 10mm to 15mm on higher ground.

While this week's rainfall is not expected to be extremely heavy, Mr Fleming added that it could cause problems on already saturated ground.

"Unfortunately at the moment, because the water levels are so high everywhere, even what you might call a normal weather front giving 10mm to 15mm of rain has the potential to cause some further difficulties," he said.

After Wednesday, Mr Fleming said the cold and showery conditions would return with night temperatures falling to one or two degrees celsius.

"The temperatures are falling back to more typical values for this time of year, so we'll see a bit more in the form of night frosts," he added.

Irish Independent

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