Heavy rain persists as summer weather draws to a close
Update – 9.03am
Met Éireann has cancelled the extension of the Status Yellow warning detailed below.
There are no further warnings in operation at this time.
Welcome to the end of the summer – August is underway and we're already dealing with a deluge of rain-focused weather warnings.
Tuesday has kicked off in fairly wet fashion, with dark clouds and heavy showers making their presence felt. It's also a little humid and the sun has just come out as I wrote that last sentence. Ireland, baby.
Met Éireann, meanwhile, has taken the measure of extending an existing Status Yellow rain warning, with heavy rain bringing the possibility of localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions.
The warning is in place for three counties – Clare, Kerry and Galway – and will remain active until midday on Tuesday (2 August).
Showers in Munster & south Leinster this morning, some heavy & possibly thundery 🌦️but it will be drier with sunny spells in Connacht & Ulster.
These drier & brighter conditions will extend to most areas through the afternoon & evening ⛅️
🌡️Highs of 17 to 23°C, warmest in the E pic.twitter.com/jJ7RUEcmMe
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) August 2, 2022
As for the general forecast for the coming days? Mixed, basically. Tuesday should see brighter conditions develop as the day opens up, with some warm sunny spells on the horizon. A few scattered showers are expected, however. These will be found mostly in the west of the country, but will become lighter over time.
Highest daytime temperatures of 18 to 23 degrees are anticipated; warmest on the east coast. Tuesday night will see "a good deal of cloud" emerge in the west, along with some patchy rain. It will be clearer in the east, though light showers are likely. Lowest temperatures of 12 to 14 degrees.
Wednesday follows a similar enough pattern, with cloudier periods and scattered showers. Those showers may turn "heavy and prolonged" in parts of the north but will be lighter further south, according to Met Éireann. Sunny spells are also expected along with highest temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees. By nightfall, lowest temperatures of 8 to 10 degrees should arrive.
Thursday and Friday should be mostly dry, with a mix of scattered showers and sunshine for company. Both days are expected to bring highest daytime temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees.
The early word on the weekend is to prepare for yet more showers and cloud on northern and western coasts, with mostly dry conditions elsewhere along with some sunny spells. Temperatures on Saturday will reside in the mid to high teens, with Sunday rising to between 17 and 21 degrees.