Status Orange and yellow thunderstorm warnings issued for 13 provinces as heavy rain is on the way

Make the most of the sun, because an uncertain week awaits us, with even a risk of flooding

A Status Orange thunderstorm warning is in force for counties Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo until 9pm.

Met Éireann has forecast slow-moving thunderstorms with very heavy rain and possible large hail in areas under a Status Orange warning.

There is also the possibility of flash flooding, difficult travel conditions and possible damage to power lines.

While a Status Yellow thunderstorm warning is in place for counties Cavan, Donegal, all of Connacht, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry until 9pm.

Heavy rain, with thunderstorms and hail, and localized flooding is expected in these provinces.

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However, the mercury could rise to 23 degrees Celsius in some provinces today, which will have office workers melting in the May heat, but take an early break to enjoy the sun while it lasts.

Although today will remain dry with sunny spells, all bets are off by midday and rain and thunderstorms could be lurking.

The heaviest showers are expected in Ulster, Connacht and the Midlands, with a risk of localized flooding and hail.

Met Éireann meteorologist Andrew Doran-Sherlock against the Irish independent: “Monday starts early and will be short-lived with mist and fog. But it will be mainly dry with good sunshine in the morning.

“However, some showers will develop in the afternoon. And there may be thunderstorms, but this could mainly affect Ulster, Connacht and the Midlands.

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“It will be humid again, but for those on the coast the sea breeze will keep it cooler.”

Mr Doran-Sherlock said on Tuesday that “there will be further heavy rain showers and more thunderstorms.”

The showers may become heavier during the afternoon. Highest temperatures will reach 19C.

And there may be more clouds in the sky, cooling conditions.

“There will be further showers on Wednesday and it may turn cooler, with temperatures of 14ºC to 18ºC likely,” the forecaster said.

“Although there is a chance that the temperature could rise to 19 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country.

“After that there is a bit more uncertainty, with low pressure to the east.

“So there is a chance that rain will come in from the east. But overall it looks like showers and rain showers.

“It will be changeable and cooler, with temperatures in the mid-teens for the next few days and it is likely that there will be some showers, but with periods of sunshine.”

But in case you were planning on getting that summer dress out of the closet or those linen shorts, maybe wait a while. It looks like we’re in for a cooler and rainier weekend.

“It’s still unclear, but it will be scattered showers or rain from the east,” Doran-Sherlock said. “It looks like this will dominate the weekend – rain and showers.”

It has been humid in recent days with higher temperatures. The meteorologist said this is due to the moist air mass over Ireland at the moment.

“But by the middle of the week it will become cooler and less humid,” he said.

“Ireland has naturally high humidity because there is so much water around us. But when a moist air mass contains moisture, which contributes to the humidity.”