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Dublin: 12 °C Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Rainfall warning in place for five counties amid risk of spot flooding

The heaviest of the showers are likely to begin in the west and northwest before moving eastwards.

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A STATUS YELLOW rainfall warning is in place for five counties.

The warning – affecting Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo – will remain in place until 4pm today.

Met Éireann has warned that there will be some heavy or thundery downpours leading to 30 to 40mm of rain in some places, causing a risk of spot flooding.

The heaviest of the showers are likely to begin in the west and northwest before moving eastwards in the late morning and afternoon.

Bright sunny spells will occur too though, with the best of these in the east to begin and later in the west. Highest temperatures will range from 15 to 17 degrees Celsius.

Showers will be well scattered tonight, with a lot of dry weather developing under broken cloud. Lowest temperatures will range from nine to 12 degrees.

Met Éireann says the weather over the coming days will continue to be changeable and unsettled, with “extra-tropical air feeding up some high rainfall accumulations, especially across western and northwestern counties”.


It’ll be breezy for a while tomorrow, with fresh northwest breezes persisting until mid-afternoon. Overall the day will bring a lot of dry weather. Some well scattered passing showers and a mix of cloud and sunny spells are expected throughout the day. Highest temperatures will range from 15 to 18 degrees, it’ll be mildest across south Leinster.

There will be heavy rain across the southwest tomorrow night that will gradually move up over the country, with longer spells of thundery rain leading to spot flooding. There’ll be hill and coastal fog too.

Ulster and parts of Leinster may stay dry until Sunday morning. Temperatures will dip to eight to 12 degrees. It’s expected to be coolest in the north and east where it will remain driest for longest.

It’ll be mostly overcast with overnight rain continuing into Sunday morning. The rain will be persistent and sometimes heavy with the ongoing risk of spot flooding.

The rain should ease off at times later, with some sunny spells breaking through in the south. It’s expected to be mild and humid with low cloud and coastal fog. Highest temperatures will range from 16 to 20 degrees.

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