Thursday 21 November 2019

'Risk of hail and thunder' forecast by Met Éireann as frosty weather rolls in

American tourists take photos with a broken umbrella along the seafront in Lahinch, Co Clare (Brian Lawless/PA)
American tourists take photos with a broken umbrella along the seafront in Lahinch, Co Clare (Brian Lawless/PA)

Conor Lynch

LONG spells of rain, hail and thunder are likely in the coming days as a rain band moves in from the west, Met Éireann has warned.

A Met Éireann forecaster said that Saturday would see heavy or thundery showers with the risk of hail - especially in the west.

"There is a rain band moving in from the west, which will move across the country overnight and tomorrow morning," Liz Walsh said.

"It’s going to be a wet start Saturday morning with rain in the east and heavier showers following in from the west."

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Temperatures overnight on Saturday may fall as low as -1C, with clearing skies decreasing temperatures and producing frosty conditions.

Sunday will see a break from the cold and wet weather of this week, however, as plenty of "Autumnal sunshine" is expected.

“Sunday will be dry with lots of autumn sunshine," Ms Walsh said.

"In the evening, rain will once again move in from the west and across the country overnight into Monday.”

Approaching next week, the weather will become colder than average and begin to become unpredictable again. Although Monday will begin dry and sunny, showers will soon spread throughout the country and remain for much of the week.

"Due to the jet stream to the south of the country, we’re going to experience a 'conveyor belt' of low pressure, causing this changeable weather," Ms Walsh said.

"Showers in the north and west in the morning will spread eastwards to affect most of the country through the day. Showers will be heaviest and most frequent in the north and west and possibly becoming wintry over high ground here.

"A similar story on Tuesday but showers a little less widespread."

Temperatures of 6C to 10C are expected for the beginning of the next week.

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