Get ready for a wet and windy weekend, folks. It seems like the glorious summer weather we enjoyed last month is a distant memory. While there were glimpses of sunshine earlier this week, don’t lose hope just yet, as the good weather could make a comeback next week. Although a status yellow rain warning has been issued for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Munster, and Connacht today, there is a possibility of improved conditions in the near future. Carlow Weather warned, “Rainfall warning issued now for a very wet Friday with strong winds at times also making for some very unpleasant conditions. Over 30mm of rainfall is possible in 36 hours with the risk of local spot flooding. Saturday will also see more heavy rain and strong winds.”
According to weather experts, the heaviest rainfall is expected before 6 am on Saturday. While the unsettled weather will persist into early next week, there is a glimmer of hope as conditions are predicted to improve after Tuesday. The experts believe that conditions will become “very uncertain” before taking a turn for the better. They added, “There’s a chance of high pressure returning from around the 21st of July.”
Looking ahead to the coming months, national forecaster Met Éireann has identified signals for above-average temperatures to continue, accompanied by some rainfall. They stated, “Above average temperatures are expected to continue in Ireland for the ASO period. Mean temperatures are very likely to be largely between 1.0 and 2.0 °C above average countrywide for August. September and October will likely have mean temperatures between 0.5 to 1.0 °C above average.”
As for this weekend, Met Éireann issued an alert on their website, warning of spells of heavy rain on Friday. They also mentioned that it will be blustery, especially on the south and east coasts. The possible impacts include localized flooding, poor visibility, and difficult traveling conditions. In their forecast for the day, they described it as “dull, wet, and blustery.” Heavy rain will continue to spread across the country in the morning, posing a risk of localized flooding. By the afternoon, the rain will start to clear from the south, with drier conditions gradually spreading across parts of Munster and Leinster. However, isolated heavy showers may persist. The winds will increase fresh and gusty from the east during the afternoon, later veering to the southwest as the rain clears. The highest temperatures will range from 15 to 20 degrees, with the warmest conditions in the south.
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