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Thunder rolls Ireland weather: Thunderstorm alert issued for 20 counties as Met Eireann warn of 'thundery showers, lightning and hail'

A warning has been issued for Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Leinster and Munster, where there will be “localised thunderstorms with possible hail and spot flooding” in some areas

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Met Eireann have issued a Status Yellow weather warning for 20 counties as the national forecaster warned of "thundery showers, lightning, hail and spot flooding" ahead.

Conditions are expected to improve later in the week however, we will have to endure further unpleasant weather first.

Met Éireann today placedCavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Leinster and Munster under a thunderstorm alert, saying there will be “localised thunderstorms with possible hail and spot flooding” in some areas.

The national forecaster added that the public should be careful of “treacherous road conditions” in parts, with Leinster and Munster likely to be worst affected.

The warning came into effect this afternoon and will remain in place until 9pm tonight, Sunday 23rd May.

Meanwhile, a small craft marine warning for Irish coasts has also been issued from Wicklow Head to Mizen Head to Slyne Head, valid from Sunday afternoon until 00:00 Monday night.

It is predicted that west to southwest winds will reach gale force 6 at times today, which will feel gustier in areas with showery rain.

Monday will bring further showers with longer spells of thundery rain in places but will also have generous sunny spells.

Northwest winds will cause it to feel cooler along Atlantic counties but temperatures will generally hover around 11 to 15C.

On Tuesday, skies will begin to clear up across the country through the evening with a chance of coastal showers in Ulster and north Connacht.

After a cool start to the week, conditions are set to become milder and rainfall will become lower than in recent weeks with some pleasant dry spells at times.

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By Wednesday, temperatures are expected to reach highs of 13 to 17C, becoming warmer again on Thursday at 15 to 19C, although it will feel cooler in the southwest due to moderate breezes.

Sunny spells are on the cards for both Wednesday and Thursday too, feeling warm although counties in Ulster will see more cloud with the occasional patch of drizzle at times.

“Current indications are for a mostly dry and warm weekend to follow,” Met Éireann said.

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