Sunday 24 June 2018

Two separate weather warnings in place as country battered by rain overnight

Warnings in effect for large parts of the country

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Sean Nolan

A tree blocked a road in Cork overnight as Ireland was battered by heavy rain, with the forecast for heavy downfalls for the remainder of the day for many parts of the country.

The conditions saw a fallen tree block the Rathcooney Road at Ballyphilip overnight.

However, that was cleared this morning, according to AA.

Met Eireann issued two Status Yellow rain warnings yesterday and they will remain in effect until 9pm tonight.

The warning was issued for Connacht, Kilkenny, Donegal, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary.

Up to 50mm of rain is expected over a 24 hour period.

Met Eireann's Siobhan Ryan said we can expect the weather to be "miserable" for the rest of the day.

Speaking on RTE Radio One, Ms Ryan said; "After recent autumn sunshine, the weather will remain unsettled for the rest of the week.

"It will be a dull, wet start today and overnight rain will extend over the country, turning heavy, persistent and thundery as the day goes on.

"37mm has already fallen over parts of west Kerry.

"The last of the rain will clear northern and eastern parts, but not until earlier tonight.

"Today in short, the rain will be heavy and persistent, leading to spot flooding."

Met Éireann also warned that higher accumulations are possible in hilly and mountainous areas in Cork and Kerry.

Widespread rain is expected today with a risk of spot flooding.

However, it is expected to dry out across Munster and west Connacht later in the afternoon or evening.

Wednesday is expected to be mild with top temperatures between 14 and 17C.

Further bouts of rain are expected on Thursday, particularly along the Atlantic coast, which could be affected by thundery showers on Friday while the rest of the country enjoys sunnier spells.

The outlook for the weekend is unsettled conditions, with Saturday night expected to be particularly wet and windy.

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