| 15.9°C Dublin

Time to put away the sun screen and grab a brolly

Heavy rain is set to lash the east coast today - so keep those brollies to hand. Met Eireann has put an 
orange status rainfall warning in place for Leinster.

It said that heavy and persistent rain is expected and rainfall amounts of 40mm to 70mm over a 24-hour period are likely.

Forecaster John Eagleton said: "The weather for the bank holiday is decidedly mixed. We expect a lot of rain in the east of the country. Things will slowly improve tonight.

"Sunday itself will be mainly dry for Dublin anyway, and most of the country. There might be a bit of rain still in Ulster.


"Temperatures will be 16C to 18C in the west today and up to 14C in the east coast, with rain and wind," he said.

Things will improve tomorrow with temperatures beginning to jump up again after a cloudy start to the day, he said.

"Monday looks like the best day of the holiday weekend," Mr Eagleton added. "Temperatures could reach 20C. Most places will be dry."

Meanwhile, the latest report from Met Eireann on the weather for the month of July reveals that it was warm everywhere and Malin Head station reported its warmest July in eight years. The highest temperature last month was recorded at Carlow on the 25th, reaching nearly 28C.

Some areas, mainly in southern coastal counties, reported their highest night-time temperatures in between five and 19 years.

The majority of places reported below average rainfall.

Over this bank holiday weekend, close to a million people will be on the move as people flock to festivals around the country, head home or fly off on foreign holidays. More than 310,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport over the course of the weekend.

Passenger numbers are up 5pc over the same weekend last year, according to the DAA, with over 2,100 flights expected to arrive and depart.

The authority advised people to check what terminal their flight is departing from before leaving home.

The music and arts Castlepalooza Festival at Tullamore in Offaly is one the biggest events of the weekend. Elsewhere, the Le Cheile festival is also taking place, in Co Meath.