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Fliuch Sake Met Éireann issue thunderstorm warning for entire country ahead of 'heavy downpours'

The national forecaster has said that “scattered heavy downpours and thunderstorms” are expected today, tonight, and tomorrow morning.

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Met Éireann have issued a Status Yellow thunderstorm warning for the entire country from today.

The warning came into effect shortly after 9am this morning and will remain in place until midday on Thursday.

The national forecaster has said that “scattered heavy downpours and thunderstorms” are expected today, tonight, and tomorrow morning.

Localised flooding may occur where the rainfall is heaviest, it added.

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The Met Office in Northern Ireland also has a thunderstorm warning in place for Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry on Thursday.

The alert comes into effect at 10am and lasts till 8pm.

Met Éireann meteorologist Matthew Martin said that an "unstable airmass" is moving in over the country this week, which “will bring the chance of some heavy showers and thunderstorms through the rest of the week, though pinpointing when and where the thunderstorms will occur can be a challenge.”

He added: “Whilst many areas may avoid the heavy showers and thundery downpours, where they do occur it could lead to the risk of localised flooding and disruption to transport.

“We’re therefore encouraging people to stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings, as well as our radar so they can keep an eye on thunderstorm development.”

Commenting on the forecast for the weekend, Matthew continued: “At the moment it looks like we’ll see a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers on Saturday and Sunday, although these showers aren’t expected to be as heavy as what we can expect over the next few days.

“There are signs of high pressure returning next week which could bring a more settled spell, however there’s still a good deal of uncertainty in the forecast at this early stage.”

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The thunderstorm warning comes after several days of warm and dry weather across the country.

Temperatures this week peaked at 28.3 degrees in Durrow, Co. Laois on Tuesday – the first time a temperature above 28 degrees has been recorded in Ireland on a September day in 30 years.

The last time temperatures reached 28 degrees was on 5th September 1991, with a high of 28.4 degrees at Valentia, Co. Kerry.

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