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East coast to bear the brunt of rainfall this week, Met Éireann warns

Met Éireann has said that it is not clear whether the heavy rainfall expected will cause the sort of havoc wreaked by last October’s floods in Dublin.

The latest infra red satellite image from Met Éireann this morning
The latest infra red satellite image from Met Éireann this morning
Image: Met Éireann

MET ÉIREANN HAS said that the east coast of the country will bear the brunt of the heavy rainfall expected in the coming days.

Up to a month’s rainfall is expected in the space of 36 hours this week with between 25mm and 50mm set to fall across the country tomorrow and Thursday.

Munster and Leinster are set to be worst affected by the downpour from early tomorrow morning until late on Thursday. Met Éireann is warning of “heavy and persistent” showers with a risk of hail and thunder which may lead to some localised flooding later today.

Speaking on Newstalk’s Breakfast programme, the weather forecaster’s David Rogers explained what can be expected after that: “The rain itself will be initially heavy in the south and south east of the country.

“Then as it pushes north the east coast will bear the brunt of the rainfall and then eventually moving into Ulster later on in the day,” he said.

He said that the wind and rain will make conditions feel cold but that parts of the west and north west of the country are likely to avoid the heavy rainfall expected in the south and east.

He attributed the conditions to the “the nature of the variability of our weather” and warned that flooding can be expected in the south and east tomorrow.

Rogers added that it was not clear if it would cause the kind of havoc the rainfall did in Dublin last October when around 80mm of rain fell in the space of 24 hours.

The Labour TD Kevin Humphreys has warned that much of the work to repair damage cause by the floods last October had not yet been carried out.

Read: Up to a month’s rain could fall in 36 hours

Read: Dublin flood works not yet completed

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