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Dublin: 5 °C Monday 19 March, 2018

More flash flooding likely, as thundery downpours forecast for next 24 hours

You know that changeable weather we’ve been experiencing? Well, it’s changing again…

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PARTS OF THE West in particular are at risk of localised flooding today, as a band of heavy rain sweeps across the country.

A Met Éireann ‘Status Yellow’ warning is in effect today, and the weather service says all parts of the country will be affected by thundery downpours set to sweep first through Munster and south Leinster before hitting the north of the country this evening.

More heavy rain and localised flooding is being predicted for tonight, and it’s expected tomorrow will stay wet, with “heavy or thundery rain in many areas and a risk of flooding”.

According to AA Roadwatch, road surfaces in the West and Southwest are already very slippery. The service is advising drivers to “slow down and stay a safe distance from the vehicle in front”.

The country’s been hit with a number of flash-flooding incidents in recent days. In Dublin, the roof of Clerys Department Store was seriously damaged after heavy rainfall – while in Donegal, the emergency department at Letterkenny Hospital remains closed after part of the facility was destroyed by floodwater.

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