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Thursday 18 January 2018

Rain, rain go away: Thundery showers to continue for at least a week

Forecasters predict that heavy downpours and scattered thunderstorms
Forecasters predict that heavy downpours and scattered thunderstorms

Aishling Phelan

THE country is set for more disruption as the thundery showers and harsh conditions that brought an end to the record hot weather continue for the next week.

Further transport delays, power outages and flash flooding are feared as Met Eireann predicts heavy rain with lightning storms in the coming days.

This is due to an area of low pressure off the west coast pushing unstable air across the country.

Forecasters predict that heavy downpours and scattered thunderstorms will cause spot flooding in various parts of the country for at least another week.

Despite some sunny spells breaking through at times, the record heat wave that scorched the country for almost three weeks will not be returning in the near future.

Last week, Cork and Dublin were hit by torrential rain, thunderstorms and flash flooding overnight, leaving thousands of homes without electricity and some buildings damaged.

Today the rain will be heavy and thundery at times with a risk of localised flooding, particularly in the west of the country.

Forecasters are predicting more than 30mm of rain over a short period of time in the west and this will increase to up to 40mm overnight and on Thursday.

The rain will ease up in southern parts in the evening while persistent rain in Munster and south Leinster will gradually spread northwards, reaching the north coast this afternoon.

Top temperatures will reach to 16 to 20 degrees with moderate east to southeast breezes.

Tonight temperatures will cool to 13 to 15 degrees and most areas of the country will be at risk to outbreaks of rain.

The rain will become heavy in Munster, Connacht and south Leinster overnight with a risk of thunder and localised flooding in these areas.

There will be a break from the harsh weather on Friday and Saturday with some sporadic sunny spells, but this won’t be a sign of the warm weather returning, as there will be downpours in some areas and a continued risk of thunder.

Temperatures at the weekend will not reach over 22 degrees and scattered showers means sun worshippers will not be heading to the beach like they have in recent weeks.

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