Status Orange warning for three counties as "very intense" rain expected 2 weeks ago

Status Orange warning for three counties as "very intense" rain expected

Avoid, yeah?

Not content with throwing out one ominous weather warning, Met Éireann has ushered in a second, notably more significant one ahead of the new week.

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We'll recap that first one in a moment, but first let's look at the latest one.

Issued on Sunday afternoon, a Status Orange warning is set to come into play on Monday morning, with three counties affected – Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

Per the notification, "some very intense falls of rain are possible", with flooding anticipated in the affected regions.

This warning is valid from 7am on Monday (21 November) and will remain in place until midday.

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Meanwhile, a Status Yellow rainfall warning for all of Ireland will come into effect during the early hours of Monday.

According to the national forecaster, "heavy or thundery pulses of rain" will come into play on Sunday night into Monday, leading to localised flooding in the most-affected areas.

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The warning is valid for all of Ireland from 3am on Monday morning (21 November) and will stay in place until 8pm that evening.

Elsewhere on the general weather front, a mix of showers and sunny spells will appear throughout Sunday, with highest daytime temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees expected.

Sunday evening will be calmer, clearer and generally dry as temperatures drop to between zero and 5 degrees. Rain, however, will eventually form and turn heavy and thundery as per the above warning.

Monday will thus kick off in wet fashion, with widespread falls of rain coupled with fresh, strong and gusty southeasterly winds. The rain won't let up as the day opens up, with the potential for flooding on the horizon.

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Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees are anticipated, dropping to between zero and 5 degrees at night.

Tuesday will bring scattered outbreaks of rain mostly across the north and northeast to start with, moving across the southwest as the day progresses. Longer drier spells are also forecast, with some sunshine "getting through". Highest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees, dropping to between 3 and 6 degrees on an evening that will provoke heavy showers.

The general outlook for the week ahead is to prepare for regularly unsettled conditions – rain or showers are expected on "most days" so that's nice – and for normal temperatures to be in the mix.