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Weather woes 'Heavy thundery showers' today with more 'very wet and windy' weather ahead

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A shopper in the rain (Brian Lawless/PA)

A shopper in the rain (Brian Lawless/PA)

A shopper in the rain (Brian Lawless/PA)

Ireland is set to be lashed by "heavy thundery showers" today with more wet and windy weather forecast for the week ahead.

Met Eireann revealed we are in for a rainy Sunday with a risk of local flooding.

A forecaster said: "Rain will clear northeastwards by early afternoon with heavy, thundery showers and occasional bright spells following. Highest temperatures of nine to 12 degrees in moderate to fresh and gusty south to southwest winds."

More "widespread heavy showers" will batter the country tonight, merging into longer spells of rain at times early tonight before clearing to scattered showers later.

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People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

People braving the rainy weather. Pictures: Arthur Carron

It will be a blustery night with fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds, and gales on southeastern coasts.

However, it won't be quite as chilly as recent nights with lows of six to eight degrees.

Monday will see some respite with breezy with scattered showers and some sunny spells.

But after a mainly dry Tuesday, the rain will return with a vengeance as an area of low pressure moves in.

A Met Eireann forecaster said: "Very wet and potentially very windy weather expected as a deep area of low pressure tracks up across the country from the south, bringing the risk of coastal and surface flooding.

"Lows of three to seven degrees, coolest in the north early in the evening with temperatures rising as the wet and windy conditions arrive."

Meanwhile, Wednesday morning will be "very windy" as overnight rain clears northwards to a mix of sunny spells and scattered blustery showers, with a continued risk of flooding. Highs of seven to 10 degrees.

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