Saturday 24 August 2019

Weekend weather: Heavy downpours forecast but temperatures to reach up to 22C

Curracloe, Co Wexford
Curracloe, Co Wexford

Ralph Riegel

The sunny south-east will live up to its reputation over the coming days as one of the few parts of Ireland not besieged by rain showers.

Waterford and Wexford offer the best opportunity for holidaymakers and revellers to avoid the downpours over the next 72 hours, with a Status Yellow rainfall alert issued by Met Éireann valid until 7am today. Up to 40mm of rain fell overnight, the heaviest downpours occurring in parts of north Munster where spot-flooding hit some roads.

Unfortunately for holidaymakers, the forecast is for yet more rain over the coming days, with temperatures dipping back to 17C.

While all parts of Ireland face showers over the next five days, the south-east has the best chance for spells of intermittent sunshine.

Met Éireann's Gerry Murphy said most parts of the country faced the risk of heavy showers until next Wednesday.

Unsettled

"The weather will be very unsettled for the coming days with heavy rain in some places," he said.

"There will be heavy showers on Friday and some further showers over the weekend."

Today will also bring a risk of thunderstorms for some parts.

Saturday will be marked by longer, heavier spells of rain with the worst of the conditions in Connacht, Ulster and north Leinster.

Parts of the south - particularly Waterford and Wexford - may see drier intervals and some sunshine.

Saturday will see the warmest conditions with temperatures of 21C-22C.

However, while Sunday will prove a nicer day with drier spells for most parts, it will also be much cooler with temperatures dropping by up to four degrees to around 17C.

The first three days of next week will also see mixed weather, with the heaviest rain likely on Tuesday and Wednesday. A band of showers will move eastwards across the country, bringing some heavy downpours.

Irish Independent

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