Saturday 15 December 2018

Spot flooding recorded as 36mm of rain falls... and more wet weather promised this week

Heavy rain in parts of Dublin led to spot flooding
Heavy rain in parts of Dublin led to spot flooding

Cillian Sherlock

Some areas of the country experienced heavy rain last night leading to localised spot flooding – and that risk is only set to continue as heavier than average rains continue.

“There will be some further rain, heavy at times. As we head through later on Thursday there will be longer spells of rain and Friday will have heavy showers,” Met Éireann forecaster Liz Gavin told

She added that in a 24 hour period, there was 36mm of rain recorded in Dublin and 17.8mm in Meath.

“There have been some particularly heavy showers,” she added.

Today will see bright and sunny spells with scattered showers mainly starting in the west but spreading east during the day.

Northern counties will see most of the showers and some will turn heavy before dying out this evening.

Met Éireann have also issued a status yellow blight warning as conditions conducive to the spread of potato blight develop today and last into tomorrow for parts of Leinster and Munster.

Highest temperatures today of 16 to 19 degrees with minimums of 10 to 12 overnight, which will start clear but see outbreaks of rain.

Tomorrow will see widespread heavy rain and hill and coastal fog for a generally wet and windy day.

Highest temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees and humid for a time as somewhat brighter conditions extend from the Atlantic in the evening.

Wednesday night will see many areas becoming dry and winds easing off.

Thursday will start bright in the morning but scattered showers will turn into outbreaks of more persistent rain extending from the south and west lasting overnight.

Friday will be a cool and windy day with maximum temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees.

It won’t be a great start to the weekend as Friday brings the possibility of heavy and long spells of showers with a risk of thunder.

“Obviously in heavy downpours there is a risk of spot flooding,” Ms Gavin added.

Saturday is looking mostly dry but rain will start to arrive later in the day before finishing your weekend on Sunday with more widespread rain.

This changeable and unsettled weather is likely to last into early next week at least.

AA Roadwatch confirmed that roads are generally drying out across the country following heavy rain last night, though conditions remain wet in Limerick City, Galway City, Carrick-on-Shannon, Thurles, and Wexford Town.

Overnight, there was localised flooding on Blake’s Cross/Lusk Rd while in Dublin, while a fallen tree was cleared from Old Cork Road before Stradbally in Co. Laois.

AA Roadwatch has advised drivers to reduce their speeds and increase braking distance on wet or damp roads, while sun glare may also be affecting visibility this morning.

Eastbound traffic is heavy on the N4 Sligo/Dublin road from J6 to J3 following a collision which has been moved to the bus lane.

There is a diversion in place on the Proudstown Road via Ratholdren Road in Navan for works today. There are also works in place on the N59 Galway/Clifden Road.

Limerick, Cork and Waterford cities are seeing generally light traffic while Galway City is seeing the usual buildups on the N17 around Tuam and Claregalway.

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