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Bank Holiday weekend weather expected to be fairly brutal

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Grim: The weather around the country on Friday evening
Grim: The weather around the country on Friday evening

Those making plans for the weekend are being urged to think of the adverse weather conditions the majority of the country is going to experience.

The August Bank Holiday is usually a weekend of bright, sunny revelry combined with a lazy Monday for most. 

However, this year is looking like it's going to be fairly brutal. That's according to Met Eireann and the guys over at Yr.no. 

Today is expected to be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle spreading eastwards.

The rain will be more persistent in the west and north by mid-morning with locally heavy falls and a risk of thunder in Ulster and Connacht in the afternoon.

Parts of the east and southeast will stay mostly dry for a while in the morning but rain will become widespread in the afternoon and evening, Met Eireann said. 

On Saturday, the southern half of the country will see a mostly dry start with some sunny spells, but cloud will increase from the south with patchy rain or drizzle developing in southern coastal counties in the afternoon.

However, across the northern half of the country it will be a wet and cloudy day from the start with scattered showers becoming widespread in the afternoon, with some heavy falls in places.

Temperatures are expected to be between 14 and 18 in places, and Dublin is expected to experience temperatures in the high teens. 

These highs will tail off on Saturday evening and by Sunday morning there is expected to be "persistent and prolonged" rain in many parts of the country. 

The weather for the coming week is expected to be unsettled, with rain expected to fall almost every day (sorry). 

Motorists are being urged to be mindful of the adverse driving conditions ahead of the weekend. 

AA Roadwatch editor Arwen Foley said: "We’re used to these kinds of downpours in autumn or winter but torrential downpours followed by overcast humid conditions can make driving quite dangerous."

"Fast-evaporating water leaves road surfaces particularly slippery and traffic collisions are almost inevitable."