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Thunderstorms predicted

Thunderstorms predicted

Batten down the hatches because Status Yellow thunderstorm warnings have been issued for 16 counties.

A Met Eireann warning is in place for Cavan, Monaghan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Offaly, Leitrim, Galway and Roscommon from 3.23pm today until 10pm this evening.

The national forecaster have warned that “heavy showers or thunderstorms may lead to localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions.”

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow thunderstorm warning is valid from 12pm to 9pm today for Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone, and Derry.

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Photo: Noel Browne.

Photo: Noel Browne.

Photo: Noel Browne.

The UK Met Office said that “heavy showers and thunderstorms may cause flooding and travel disruption in a few places.”

Met Éireann reported on Twitter, writing: “Warnings in operation in Ulster (except Donegal) & north Leinster. Heavy showers or thunderstorms may lead to localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions.”

The cautions come after Met Éireann issued a separate Status Yellow rain warning from Sunday afternoon to midnight on Monday ahead of another week of rain and unsettled weather.

The warning alerted the public of showers, “longer spells of rain” and the risk of localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions in Donegal and north Leitrim.

Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that the weather will pick up any time soon with changeable and unsettled weather forecasted through the rest of the week.

Showers and spells of rain are predicted, but some drier and brighter bursts can be expected also.

However, temperatures will feel mild in the high teens, touching 20 to 21C locally.

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