Thursday 22 February 2018

Time to dust off the umbrellas as sun gives way to downpours

Running for cover: Two boys race to take shelter from a downpour in Galway city
Running for cover: Two boys race to take shelter from a downpour in Galway city
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

AFTER almost three weeks of constant sunshine, now comes the payback.

Any and every part of the country can expect thundery downpours over the coming days as Met Eireann said the continuing humid weather could spark scattered torrential showers.

The highest rainfall was recorded at the weather station in Valentia, Co Kerry, with 12mm in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, shoppers in Galway city centre were sent running for cover as the heavens opened for the first rain the city had seen in several weeks.

Temperatures peaked at 25.6C in Casement Aerodrome in west Dublin yesterday, with the heat sparking thundery downpours over the capital.

UNSETTLED

Met Eireann forecaster Harm Luijkx said that while temperatures will remain several degrees above normal for this time of year – typically in the low 20s – the high pressure which brought us our heatwave has moved on to be replaced with low pressure and more unsettled conditions.

"The high pressure has moved towards Scandinavia and the pressure has lowered over Ireland, although we will be in the same humid air mass so showers will develop easily," he explained.

"It won't be as settled as it was, but there will be a good bit of warm sunshine between the showers so you can still get the summer feeling," he said.

Today will begin dry with some hazy sunshine in the east and north of the country. However, showers in the south and east will spread to all areas during the afternoon and some of these will be heavy in places.

Thundery downpours are most likely over Munster, Connacht and south Leinster, and it will continue to be warm, with top temperatures of between 19C and 23C, warmest in the east.

However, Met Eireann is warning of local thunderstorms overnight that could lead to large accumulations in the east.

"The exact location is very hard to give," said Mr Luijkx. "Indications are that (this evening and tonight) could see heavy rain in the east, but this might shift further over the Irish Sea."

Tomorrow will be warm with light breezes, while Friday and the weekend will remain warm with a good deal of dry weather with showers from time to time.

It will turn fresher from early next week and there will be further spells of rain and it may be windy at times.

Irish Independent

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