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Band of rain Flooding risk for west of Ireland as Met Éireann predicts persistent and heavy showers

The heavy rain may result in weather warnings for the next two days, with Met Éireann confirming it is continually monitoring the situation

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A large band of rain approaching the west of Ireland will bring a risk of flooding in the coming days due to persistent and heavy showers .

Met Éireann may issue rainfall warnings for parts of Munster, Connacht and Ulster due to the incoming torrents, which will largely miss the eastern half of the country.

“Through Thursday and Friday we’re going to see a band of rain which will kind of get blocked over the western half of the country, and it’s kind of trailing so it will feel like a prolonged period of rainfall in the west,” Met Éireann meteorologist Liz Coleman said.

The heavy rain may result in weather warnings for the next two days, with Met Éireann confirming it is continually monitoring the situation.

Ms Coleman said that due to the large amount of rain that has fallen in the west in the past two weeks, flooding may be likely in areas that experience persistent rain.

“If that persistent rain falls for 24 to 48 hours, that will bring the risk of localised flooding in that area,” she said.

“The rain in the west over the last few weeks means that the ground levels are essentially saturated.

“We will be reviewing this and seeing if there is a need to issue warnings for the coming days.”

Today is set to be humid, with temperatures reaching 18C and scattered outbreaks of showers and persistent rain at times.

Tonight will bring more scattered rain and drizzle, along with hill and coastal fog, but temperatures will remain very mild at 11C to 15C throughout the night, though slightly cooler in the north-east of the country.

“We’re going to see a transition to Wednesday to a more mild and humid air mass coming up from the south and it’s going to be patchy rain and drizzle today, which will be most persistent in the west and north-west,” Ms Coleman said.

“Because of this humid air, it will feel warm and muggy, there will be light and patchy rain at times in the east, with the persistent and heavy rain largely confined to the western half of the country.

“Thursday and Friday will be driest in the east, but showers and cloudy periods will be interspersed with dry and bright spells.”

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