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It's not over yet: Thunderstorms to ring in the new year

Batten down the hatches, there’s a storm a comin’.

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

WE HATE TO be the ones to break it to you, but the stormy weather is due to return, MET Éireann has warned, with thunderstorms expected on New Year’s Eve.

While the strong winds have died down in the last couple of days, wet and windy weather will become widespread this afternoon and in the evening.

It is forecast that strong gale force southerly winds will move in on exposed coasts with heavy rain in many areas tonight and a risk of flooding.

imageThe weather is relatively clear this morning, but that won’t last.

Tomorrow will also be cold with some sleet or snow falling on higher ground.

As for Tuesday – New Year’s Eve – heavy showers of rain and hail will spread from the southwest in the afternoon and evening with “thunderstorm activity likely”. MET Éireann said the strong wind will also return in some parts of the country.

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