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15th May 2021

Met Éireann issues Status Yellow thunderstorm warning for 23 counties

Stephen Porzio

Yes, there’s been another thunderstorm warning.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow thunderstorm warning for 23 counties over flooding and hail fears.

The warning comes into effect at 12pm on Saturday and is valid until 9pm on Saturday night.

It applies to the provinces of Connacht, Leinster and Munster, with Met Éireann warning of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

According to the forecaster, the thunderstorms will bring some heavy downpours, as well as a risk of hail and localised spot flooding.

That said, Ulster should escape the worst of the weather, with Met Éireann stating the province should only expect clouds and light rain throughout the day.

This warning is only the latest in a number of weather alerts issued by Met Éireann over thunderstorms in the past few days.

Sunday does not look much better either. While there will be a largely dry start to the day, showers will again become widespread throughout the morning and afternoon, turning heavy with a risk of thunderstorms and spot flooding.

Met Éireann has also said weather conditions will be staying unsettled into next week.

Their outlook reads: “Remaining unsettled as we start into the new working week with some showers or spells of rain in places, but the showers won’t be as heavy, with good dry spells mixed in too during the early days of the week.

“Heavy rain will spread from the west through Wednesday night into Thursday, with some heavy showers following, with possibly some turning thundery again, especially on Friday.”

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