13 counties have been hit with a Status Orange rain warning 2 months ago

13 counties have been hit with a Status Orange rain warning

One of the counties is Laois where Electric Picnic is currently taking place.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Orange rain warning for 13 counties which will take effect during this weekend.

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Published on Saturday morning (3 September), it applies to Carlow, Cavan, Donegal, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford and Westmeath.

The alert will be in place from 4am to 8am on Sunday and states that "local intense rainfall" of up to 50mm and squalls are likely.

The Orange alert for Laois comes as the popular music festival Electric Picnic is currently taking place in Stradbally in the county.

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On top of this, a Status Yellow rain warning for all of Ireland was also issued on Saturday morning and will come into effect from 1am to 10am on Sunday.

"Heavy rain will move northwards across much of the country tonight, clearing from the north and northwest on Sunday morning," it reads.

"Some torrential downpours are expected in parts, resulting in surface flooding.

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"There is also the potential for thunderstorm activity and lightning strikes."

Meanwhile, the UK Met Office has issued two Status Yellow rain warnings for Northern Ireland.

One is currently in effect and is valid until 11.59pm on Saturday, while the other will be in place from 2am to 11am on Sunday.

Main image via Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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