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Weather alert Thunderstorm warning issued for several areas across the country

The Status Yellow Met Éireann weather warning kicks in at 1pm and will remain in place until 10pm

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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.

A thunderstorm warning has been issued for several areas across the country this afternoon with hail and localised spot flooding expected. 

The Status Yellow Met Éireann weather warning for Leinster, Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan and Munster kicks in at 1pm and will remain in place until 10pm.

“Scattered thunderstorms (are expected) this afternoon and evening, with a risk of hail and localised spot flooding,” the warning reads.

Met Eireann also tweeted that showers over the southern half of the country and northern coastal counties will become more widespread later.

“Many of the showers will become heavy & prolonged this afternoon, with some hail & scattered,” the forecaster added. “Thunder cloud and rain& a risk of spot flooding. Some Sun with rays spells also. Highs of 12 to 15°C.”

The weather will remain unsettled for this week and next, they said, “with a mix of showers and sunny spells each day. Temperatures slightly below normal for May".

“While slow moving showers will become more widespread across the country through the day, they'll be most frequent in parts of Munster and Leinster, with some thunderstorms leading to localised spot flooding and there's a risk of some hail too,” the forecast reads.

“Scattered thunderstorms are possible elsewhere too. There'll be some spells of sunshine in the mix also in many areas. Highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees in mostly light easterly or variable breezes, becoming moderate north-westerly along western coastal areas.”

Meanwhile, tomorrow morning will bring some sunshine and some scattered showers, mainly in western parts at first.

“However, the showers will become more widespread by the afternoon and many will be heavy and of hail,” Met Eireann predicted.

“There'll be some thunderstorms too and a risk of spot flooding, especially in parts of the midlands, north and east. Highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees in mostly light variable breezes, moderate north-westerly in western and southwestern areas. "


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