Met Eireann has issued a weather alert for two counties in Ireland as the country experiences a mix of extreme weather conditions. While June saw scorching temperatures across the country, July has been marked by frequent thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, and strong winds. The coastal areas of Galway and Mayo, including their off-shore islands, are currently under a Status Yellow wind warning due to “unseasonably strong winds.” The warning is in effect from 10AM to 9PM on Saturday, 15 July. In Northern Ireland, Met UK has also issued a warning for six counties, stating that heavy showers and thunderstorms may lead to flooding and disruption. This warning is valid from 11AM to 8PM on the same day.
Despite reports of potential scorching temperatures, both Met Eireann and the weather forecasting site WX Charts predict that the mercury will not rise beyond the late teens for the rest of July. WX Charts indicates that the hottest temperature in the coming weeks will be 19 degrees on Tuesday, 25 July for counties in the southeast and southwest.
Here is the weather forecast from Met Eireann for the upcoming days:
Saturday, 15 July: Wet and windy conditions are expected with widespread showers or longer spells of rain. The rain will be heavy at times, accompanied by fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds. The highest temperatures will range from 15 to 18 degrees. Showers will become more scattered overnight, with clear spells developing. West to northwest winds will ease from moderate to light, and the lowest temperatures will range from 9 to 12 degrees.
Sunday, 16 July: Sunday will see a mix of sunshine and showers, some of which may be heavy with isolated thunderstorms, particularly across the midlands and east during the afternoon and evening. Moderate to fresh westerly winds will make it blustery at times. The highest temperatures will range from 15 to 19 degrees. The showers will gradually become isolated later in the day, with clear and dry spells developing overnight. Westerly breezes will weaken, and the lowest temperatures will range from 9 to 10 degrees.
Monday, 17 July: Monday will bring a mix of sunshine and showers, with the showers becoming more frequent in the afternoon. The highest temperatures will range from 17 to 19 degrees, accompanied by light to occasionally moderate southwest winds. Showers will slowly clear later in the evening, giving way to clear and dry spells at the start of the night. Winds will fall light overnight, and the lowest temperatures will range from 10 to 12 degrees. Rain is expected to move over southern counties towards dawn, accompanied by strengthening easterly winds.
Tuesday, 18 July: Tuesday will be wet and breezy across southern counties in the morning, while other areas will experience a mix of cloud and isolated showers. Winds will be generally light in northern areas. The highest temperatures will range from 15 degrees in the north to 20 degrees in the south. The rain will clear by Tuesday night, with lowest temperatures ranging from 8 to 10 degrees.
Wednesday, 19 July: Wednesday will bring slightly drier conditions with better sunshine, although a few showers may still occur in the afternoon. The highest temperatures will range from 16 to 19 degrees, accompanied by light northwest winds.
As the weather continues to fluctuate, it is important for residents to stay informed and prepared for changing conditions.