Thunder storms and flash flooding wash away any signs of recent heat wave
TORRENTIAL rain descended on Dublin and Donegal today as thunder and lightning replaced any signs of the heat wave of recent weeks.
There was flooding in areas of the capital, in particular the city centre which was badly affected.
The offices of Dublin City Council and Croke Park were flooded this evening by the heavy rain while rush hour traffic came to a standstill in the conditions.
There were also very heavy downpours in Donegal with Letterkenny suffering from flash flooding.
The new Accident and Emergency department at Letterkenny General Hospital, which only opened in March, was flooded and patients had to be evacuated this evening.
Showers are expected to mostly die out tonight when clear periods will develop.
“Threats of further downpours will continue into the weekend but some parts of the country are still enjoying mild weather,” Met Eireann said.
“Showers are at their peak at the moment and there is localised flooding some areas.”
The AA confirmed that Jones' Road in Drumcondra was impassable while there was also flooding in the Collins Avenue, Swords Road and Templogue areas.
The East Wall area of the north inner city and Santry were also badly affected.
The latest weather is a far cry from the 30c sunshine experienced across the country over the past couple of weeks.
There were frenzied scenes in the city centre of Dublin this evening with stranded pedrstrians ducking for cover from monsoon-like rain.
Thunderstorms will persist throughout the weekend but should dissipate in the early days of next week.