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Storm brewing Ireland weather: Met Éireann issue Status Yellow thunderstorm warning for nine counties

The warning is in place in Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Louth, Meath, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Waterford from 2pm until 8pm on Tuesday

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The national forecaster said that the public can expect “thundery showers with the risk of lightning and local hail” until later this evening. Stock photo

The national forecaster said that the public can expect “thundery showers with the risk of lightning and local hail” until later this evening. Stock photo

The national forecaster said that the public can expect “thundery showers with the risk of lightning and local hail” until later this evening. Stock photo

Met Éireann have issued a Status Yellow thunderstorm warning for a number of counties in Leinster and Munster today.

The warning is in place in Carlow, Dublin, Kilkenny, Louth, Meath, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Waterford from 2pm until 8pm on Tuesday, 18th May.

The national forecaster said that the public can expect “thundery showers with the risk of lightning and local hail” until later this evening.

There have been several thunderstorm warnings released by Met Eireann in recent days, with heavy downpours appearing throughout the country between scattered sunny spells.

Yesterday, a two-hour warning was issued for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Cork and Waterford during the afternoon.

Many counties were also warned of thunderstorms on Sunday with the low-pressure conditions lasting most of the day.

And the bleak start to the summer is set to continue as subsequent Status Yellow gale warning has also been issued for this Thursday and Friday.

Met Éireann cautioned that the areas most at risk are from Wicklow Head to Dungarvan to Loop Head and on the Irish Sea South of Anglesey.

Southerly winds veering westerly in direction are to reach at least gale force 8, with the possibility of strong gale force 9 in southerwestern areas.

Showery outbreaks are likely to develop on Wednesday but it will be an overall dry day with a mix of cloud and sunshine.

However, Wednesday's mild afternoon sunshine will be short-lived as the weather is to become wet and windy in the evening through to the weekend.

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Long spells of rain are to be expected on Thursday, turning “heavy and persistent at times” with moderate gusty winds.

Friday will be a cool, blustery day with scattered showers popping up in the south and east where some will be heavy or possibly thundery at times.

The weekend is set to be unsettled too, with early indications showing a number of scattered showers mixed with sunny spells before becoming blustery and cool.

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