Status Yellow warning for all of Ireland as heavy, thundery rain set to hit
Despite sunny and dry enough conditions outside this writer's window at the precise time of putting this article together, things are going to turn pretty ugly as the week gets underway, with a new warning announced on Sunday.
You know it, Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow warning for the entire country, with some strong, omnious-sounding rain imminently inbound.
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.
The warning is valid for all of Ireland from 3am on Monday morning (21 November) and will stay in place until 8pm that evening.
Widespread blustery showers this morning, some heavy or thundery with a chance of hail. 🌦️⛈️
Showers will turn more scattered into the afternoon with sunny spells developing. 🌦️
Highs of 6 to 10 degrees pic.twitter.com/1Fs8Aj0q4d
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) November 20, 2022
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.
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.