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Ireland weather: Met Eireann issue new thunderstorm warning for five counties as 'heavy downpours' expected

The national forecaster has placed Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth and Monaghan under a Status Yellow alert which will be in place until 8pm this evening.

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Met Eireann have issued a fresh thunderstorm warning for five counties ahead of "heavy downpours."

The national forecaster has placed Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth and Monaghan under a Status Yellow alert which will be in place until 8pm this evening.

Met Eireann revealed: "Risk of scattered thunderstorms leading to spot flooding."

In a caution to motorists, AA Roadwatch said: "Heavy downpours are expected. If driving in affected areas remember to slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other road users."

Ulster is set to bear the brunt of the bad weather with a separate thunderstorm warning issued for all Northern Ireland counties by the UK Met Office.

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The alert will be in place from 10am until midnight on Sunday, July 4 and covers Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermnanagh and Tyrone.

A Met Office forecaster said: "Heavy showers and thunderstorms leading to a chance of flooding and disruption."

Meanwhile, Met Eireann revealed Leinster and east Connacht will also be battered by rain although it will remain mild with highs of 15 to 20 degrees.

A forecaster said: "There will be widespread heavy showers today with a chance of thunderstorms and spot flooding during the afternoon and evening, especially across Leinster, east Connacht and Ulster.

"It will become drier with sunny spells in the southwest during the evening. Highest temperatures ranging from 15 degrees in the southwest to 20 degrees in the northeast with a mainly light southwest wind, becoming westerly later."

Longer spells of rain are expected in Leinster and Ulster tonight, while it will become drier and clearer in Munster and Connacht.

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Looking ahead to Monday, rain will be slow to clear northwards from Ulster tomorrow, with cloudier conditions there for much of the day. Elsewhere there'll be sunny spells and showers, the showers becoming more frequent in the afternoon.

The mercury will hit pleasant highs of 16 to 19 degrees with mostly light southwest winds, becoming variable in direction.

Unfortunately, a spell of "persistent rain" will return to the south coast in the evening, spreading up through the southern counties of Leinster.

Elsewhere will be mainly dry with clear spells for much of the night, with showers or a longer spell of rain arriving on the west coast before dawn.

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