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26th May 2024

Bank holiday weather ‘looks positive’ as thunderstorms set to give way to sun

Simon Kelly

Bank holiday weather

The signs are looking good.

The weather for the upcoming bank holiday weekend ‘looks positive’ despite the last few days of downpours.

Weather expert Alan O’Reilly of Carlow Weather on Twitter/X has been updating a thread of weather models for the upcoming long weekend.

“I’m updating this thread each evening with the 12z charts and ensembles but this mornings models remain positive,” O’Reilly posted on Sunday morning. “The bank holiday continues to look positive”.

The last week has been awash with thunderous downpours across the country, including an orange warning for thunderstorms on Tuesday.

For today, Sunday, May 26, there is a Status Yellow thunderstorm warning in place for Leinster, valid until 8pm this evening.

Localised flooding, poor visibility and difficult driving conditions are all possible impacts of the weather.

Bank holiday weather outlook ‘looks positive’ as thunderstorms set to give way to sun

In their national forecast for the week ahead, Met Éireann pinpointed that the weather will start to become drier and brighter towards the end of the week.

Things begin to look a bit better from Wednesday afternoon onwards, so we’ll just have to deal with a few more days of scattered showers and thundery downpours.

That’s definitely good news for the bank holiday weather, we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Check out the national outlook below.

Monday, May 27
Monday morning will be mostly cloudy with patchy rain, drizzle and mist. It will brighten up in the afternoon with sunny spells and scattered showers. Cloud will build from the southwest in the evening with rain following later. Highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees with moderate south to southwest breezes.

Mostly dry at first on Monday night with mostly clear skies. However, rain will quickly develop in the southwest overnight, before spreading north over the country. The rain will be generally light and patchy in nature but the odd heavy burst is possible. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees in moderate southerly winds.

Tuesday, May 28
Outbreaks of rain and drizzle over Ulster will clear quickly on Tuesday morning leaving a day of sunshine and scattered showers. A few heavy or thundery downpours are possible, especially in the northeast. Highest temperatures of 16 to 19 degrees in fresh southwest breezes. Showers will ease early on Tuesday night but scattered outbreaks of rain will spread from the Atlantic later. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees in moderate southwest or variable breezes.

Wednesday, May 29
Cloudy skies along with scattered falls of rain and drizzle on Wednesday morning. It will turn brighter into the afternoon with long sunny spells developing with just a few scattered showers. A fine and mostly sunny evening is expected. Maximum temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees in moderate to fresh northwest winds. Largely dry on Wednesday night with clear spells and just a few passing showers. Some areas of mist and fog may develop inland as northerly breezes decrease light over land but remain fresh along windward coasts.

Thursday, May 30
A bright day is forecast on Thursday with plenty of dry weather and just a few passing showers. The best of the sunshine is expected in the east and south of the country. Highest temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees in moderate northerly winds.

Friday, May 31

Current indications are for a mainly dry day on Friday with sunny spells and just isolated showers. Highs of 14 to 17 degrees in moderate northwest winds.

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