Tuesday 16 January 2018

Will this rain be here for the weekend?

Heavy rain on Talbot Street, Dublin
Heavy rain on Talbot Street, Dublin

Meadhbh McGrath

Brace yourselves – strong winds and heavy downpours are set to batter the country this weekend.

After a sunny start to the week, forecasters have warned of widespread rainfall and even thunder.

Today will be warm, with highest temperatures of 14-18C, but a band of rain will push eastwards throughout the day, leading to heavy showers over many parts of Connacht and Ulster.

Tonight will see scattered showers and lowest temperatures of 8-10C along with moderate to fresh westerly or southwesterly winds.

Friday morning will be mostly dry but thick clouds are set to develop by mid-morning.

Met Eireann have predicted widespread, persistent rainfall will dominate the country during the afternoon and evening.

Temperatures will still be mild, with highs of 14-16C, but it will be windy, and particularly gusty in coastal areas.

The showers will be confined to southern and western coastal counties by night time, and other areas will be largely dry with lowest temperatures of 6-9C.

Saturday is set to be a wash-out, as Met Eireann said the relentless rain will continue as heavy showers hit all areas of the country, along with a chance of thunder during the afternoon.

Don’t get your hopes up on Sunday – despite a bright morning, there’s a risk of further heavy showers scattered across the country.

However, after suffering through a dismal weekend, forecasters said there are indications that we’ll be welcoming more settled weather from Tuesday onwards.

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