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bank holiday blues Thunder, showers and a mixed bag in store for today and rest of the week says Met Éireann

It will remain mostly cloudy today with scattered outbreaks of rain in the north and west but drier conditions in the southeast where there will also be spells of hazy sunshine.

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Pictured at the launch of this year’s Waterford Harvest Festival is former International Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher

Pictured at the launch of this year’s Waterford Harvest Festival is former International Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher

Pictured at the launch of this year’s Waterford Harvest Festival is former International Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher

The roar of thunder is expected to bookend the day today as a Status Yellow rain and thunderstorm warning will be in effect until this morning, followed by the chance of more thunderstorms in some areas later this evening.

The Met Éireann warning, issued at lunchtime yesterday and in effect until 7am today, said widespread showers and thunderstorms could hit nationwide with longer and heavy spells of rain, possibly leading to localised flooding, especially in the northwest.

It will remain mostly cloudy today with scattered outbreaks of rain in the north and west but drier conditions in the southeast where there will also be spells of hazy sunshine.

However, thunder could roll in again along southern coasts by this evening with a chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms.

Temperatures today will remain on the cool side, with daytime highs of just 15C to 19C in a moderate to fresh westerly breeze.

As for the start of the August Bank Holiday, we can expect bright sunny spells in the east and southeast on Friday morning but rain will feed in from the Atlantic affecting western counties.

The east can expect a few bright spells and scattered showers in the afternoon that will clear southwards by Friday evening, leaving dry conditions over Connacht, north Leinster and Ulster but cool daytime temperatures of just 15C to 18C.

Saturday will start off cloudy with some light showers that will increase by afternoon but die out by evening with temperatures improving to between 17C and 21C.

Sunday will be similar but showers will be less frequent and sunshine should break through by evening with the east and southern coasts seeing the warmest temperatures of 16C to 19C.

Monday will see a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, with top temperatures of 16 to 20C.

More unsettled weather is expected early next week with spells of rain and temperatures below normal for early August.

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