Several counties hit with thunderstorm warning as temperatures to reach 28 degrees
People in these counties can expect "frequent lightning".
Met Éireann has issued a new thunderstorm warning for seven counties as Ireland's current spell of "very warm and humid weather" continues.
Valid until 6pm on Thursday (7 September), the Status Yellow alert is currently in effect and applies to Cavan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly and Westmeath.
"Localised thunderstorms this afternoon bringing frequent lightning," it reads.
⚠️A thunderstorm warning has been issued for Cavan, Monaghan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly & Westmeath ⚠️
⚡️Potential for frequent lightning.
⏲️Valid: Now until 18:00 Thursday 07/09/2023
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) September 7, 2023
The thunderstorm warning from Met Éireann comes after the Irish meteorological service published a Status Yellow high temperature warning for the entire country on Thursday.
This is as temperatures are set to reach highs of 28 degrees on Thursday and Friday.
Night time temperatures are also not set to fall below 15 degrees.
In effect until 8am on Saturday, the Met Éireann alert lists the potential impacts of the high temperatures as "heat stress, uncomfortable sleeping conditions and risk of water-related incidents".
As for the Irish meteorological service's national outlook for the weekend, it states: "Staying very warm and humid with sunny spells and occasional thundery downpours."
Conditions will become cooler from Monday, however, with Met Éireann's forecast for the rest of next week reading:
"Current indications suggest that through the rest of next week, the weather will become more unsettled with rain or showers at times and with temperatures in the mid to high teens."
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