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Storm brewing Irish weather forecast: Met Eireann issue thunderstorm warning for 23 counties ahead of 'heavy downpours'

"Scattered thunderstorms through this afternoon and evening, bringing some heavy downpours with the risk of hail and spot flooding."

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Ursuline Court in Waterford city, underneath a sky full of thunder and lightning. Photo: Noel Browne.

Ursuline Court in Waterford city, underneath a sky full of thunder and lightning. Photo: Noel Browne.

Ursuline Court in Waterford city, underneath a sky full of thunder and lightning. Photo: Noel Browne.

Met Eireann have issued a thunderstorm warning for most of the country as the forecaster warned of "heavy downpours" ahead.

The national forecaster issued the alert for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, Cavan, Monaghan, Munster and Connacht.

The warning is valid from 11am on Sunday until 9pm tonight.

Rain hit parts of the country yesterday afternoon and evening and unfortunately, more is on the way today and next week.

A whopping 20.7mm of rain drenched Shannon Airport while 16.6mm was recorded at Claremorris in Co Mayo.

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A Met Eireann forecaster said: "Scattered thunderstorms through this afternoon and evening, bringing some heavy downpours with the risk of hail and spot flooding."

There will be some sunny spells and cloudy patches this morning but it will soon give way to widespread heavy showers.

The midlands and south will see the worst of the showers with localised thundery downpours bringing a risk of spot flooding.

Meanwhile, the best of the dry and bright weather will be in the northwest and along parts of the east coast where showers will be more isolated. Highest temperatures will reach 13 to 16 degrees in a light to moderate northerly breeze.

Looking ahead to Monday, it'll be dry and sunny in many parts in the morning, with some showers but as not as heavy as recent days.

A forecaster said: "Showers will be scattered with plenty of sunny spells also, particularly later in the day with many areas dry for much of the late afternoon and evening. A slightly cooler day with highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees with a moderate westerly breeze."

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And Tuesday and Wednesday will see similar with showers and dry spells, with a longer spell of rain possible over the south during Tuesday afternoon.

Conditions look set to turn worse as the week goes on, as a depression "may bring a spell of wet and windy weather" on Thursday, however Met Eireann cautioned that "there is a lot of uncertainty."

Friday will likely remain unsettled with widespread showers and a risk of some being heavy or thundery.

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