After All That – Warnings of Thundery Downpours and Spot Flooding

Flash flood Flashback: Brothers, Darren (left) and Jamie Maunsell and Colin McCarthy taking advantage of the immediate aftermath of a late July cloud-burst at St. John’s Park, Castleisland as the summer of 2009 slipped away into autumn. ©Photograph: John Reidy 29-7-2009

What a difference a day makes. As today brings us a reminder of where we are and of how hard it was to imagine today yesterday, Met Éireann has posted warnings of local and spot flooding. 

Whatever about the change in temperatures and the disappearance of the sun, these conditions can present grave dangers for drivers and other road users.

And the levels of traffic coming into and going out of the county in recent weeks has been described as ‘manic’ and ‘mental’ by several people.

Great care is needed on roads that have been subjected to boiling conditions and are now being saturated and flooded in places. 

The following is the Met Éireann forecast from now to and including the weekend. 

This Evening

Mostly cloudy this afternoon with showery outbreaks of rain in the west, gradually extending eastwards this evening and early tonight. There will be heavy or thundery downpours at times which will lead to spot flooding in places.

Less warm than recent days with highs of 18 to 22 degrees in light to moderate northwest breezes.


Showers and localised thunderstorms will persist overnight, especially across eastern and northern areas, with a continued risk of spot flooding. Clearer weather will develop in the west and southwest. Lowest temperatures of 10 to 14 degrees in light to moderate northwest or variable winds.


Tuesday will be a wet day across Ulster and much of Leinster with showery rain lingering through to the evening, before gradually clearing eastwards. It will be drier and brighter elsewhere with sunny spells and scattered showers. Highest temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees in light to moderate northwest winds.
Tuesday Night

A fresh night with scattered showers, merging to longer spells of rain in Atlantic coastal counties. Minimum temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees in moderate west or southwest winds.

Sunshine and widespread showers on Wednesday, some heavy with localised thunderstorms. Maximum temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees in blustery westerly winds. Showers tending to become confined to Atlantic coastal counties overnight with clear spells developing widely. Minimum temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees in moderate westerly breezes.

Another fresh and showery day on Thursday with bright spells and showers, the showers heavy in places with a risk of lightning. The best of the sunshine across the southeast of the country. Maximum temperatures ranging 15 to 19 degrees, warmest in the southeast in moderate to fresh westerly winds. Scattered showers overnight with minimum temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees in fresh westerly winds.

Good sunny spells on Friday but with scattered showers spreading from the northwest during the day. Top temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees in fresh westerly winds.
Next Weekend

Early indications suggest next weekend will be fresh and bright with a mix of sunshine and scattered showers with temperatures close to average.

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