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DELUGE! Heavy rain and thundery downpours set to continue into next week

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
A punter braves the conditions at a rain-lashed Punchestown
A punter braves the conditions at a rain-lashed Punchestown

The heavy rain and thundery downpours that heralded the arrival of the great Irish summer are set to continue into next week.

The first bank holiday  of the year proved to be a washout with Met Eireann issuing a ‘Status Yellow’ weather warning for rainfall.

The forecaster has said the weather will remain very unsettled with no major improvement until next weekend.

Tomorrow is expected to be mostly overcast with heavy rain at times, and with a risk of thunder. 

While there will be some  bright or sunny spells as more persistent rain gives way to scattered showers, it will remain mild, with temperatures up to 16C.

Bank Holiday Monday again looks set to be largely unsettled, with a mixture of heavy showers and occasional dry spells across the country.

Early indications for next week indicate that heavy winds will develop midweek, possibly reaching gale force in some areas.

“The weather will remain very unsettled for most of the coming week, with rainfall amounts above normal,” Met Eireann   stated. “There is a risk of more persistent rain, especially in Atlantic coastal areas and in the southeast on Monday.

There will be some bright or sunny spells, but also showers, with a risk of thunder on Tuesday  while Wednesday will be windy, with a mix of sunny spells and showers.

“Early indications suggest that Thursday will have some scattered showers but an improvement is possible towards next weekend.”