Storm forecasters have predicted that tornadoes may hit Ireland today.
Heavy rain, severe wind gusts, and tornadoes for the country, along with the possibility of an isolated large hail event, have been forecast by the European Storm Forecast Experiment.
This “level one” threat, which gives a 5% to 15% chance of severe weather conditions, was issued alongside Met Éireann’s yellow weather warning.
The country is braced for a battering of flash floods and thunder storms, with up to 50mm of rain expected to fall in parts overnight.
With the worst of the weather expected west of Munster and Connacht, road safety chiefs have warned motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians to take extra care in the hazardous conditions.
Road Safety Authority CEO Noel Brett advised drivers to slow down and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
“The changeable weather that’s being forecast for the coming days will present some very challenging road conditions for road users,” he said. “As visibility is greatly reduced while travelling in heavy rain, remember to allow extra time to complete your journey.”
Munster, Connacht and west Ulster are expected to get the worst of the forecasted downpours and flash floods.
Today will be wet in most areas with spells of heavy rain. Thundery downpours are likely in the west resulting in flash flooding. The rain will gradually clear eastwards in the evening and sunny spells are possible in the east. It will be a warm and humid day with highest temperatures of 19 to 22 degrees with moderate to fresh southerly breezes.
Tonight will start off wet in many areas with further spells of rain. The rain will clear eastwards overnight with lowest temperatures of 13 to 15 degrees.
Tomorrow will bring a mix of bright or sunny spells and occasional heavy showers, some possibly thundery, with highest temperatures of 18 to 22 degrees with moderate to fresh southwest winds.
Saturday will be brighter with some decent sunny spells. However, there’ll be further heavy showers in many areas.
Sunday will start off mainly dry with sunny spells. However, rain will spread northeastwards across the country in the second half of the day and will become widespread and heavy in the evening and night with a risk of thunder. Monday will also be wet in many areas with further spells of heavy rain.
However, the good news is that current indications suggest Tuesday and Wednesday next will bring a fair amount of dry weather.
For anyone planning a holiday in Ireland later this month or early September, the prospects are good, according to Ken Ring, a long-range weather forecaster from Auckland, New Zealand, who evokes much admiration and occasional hostility for the accuracy of his predictions.
He predicted that July would see Irish temperatures reach a tropical 30C, which they did. He pointed to a hiatus in early August but then predicts that the weather will improve again and that we can all enjoy a balmy September.
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