Irish weather forecast: Summer ends as thundery showers sweep Ireland this week

Summer may officially be over as the Irish weather forecast predicts heavy showers and a high risk of thunder this week.

The Irish meteorological service, Met Eireann, has issued a yellow weather warning for seven counties with as much as 30mm of rain expected to fall.

Winds are set to be high and a risk of thunder threatens some areas of the Emerald Isle as the weather takes a turn for the worse.

A wet start

A dismal picture has been predicted for the beginning of this week with heavy rain appearing in the southwest of Ireland and travelling north throughout the morning.

Strong winds will pick up towards the afternoon with a high risk of thunder hitting some parts of the country.

Temperatures may, however, remain pleasantly warm with highs of 19C reached in southern counties and the midlands.

Strong gusts of wind will make it feel much cooler with the rain covering the entire country by Monday evening.

Thundery showers will pick up from the south bringing the first signs of flood risk and flagging Met Eireann’s yellow weather warning for Ireland.

Clear spells may gather towards the northwest overnight bringing and misty start to Tuesday with pockets of fog in places.

Dry spells

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The Irish weather forecast predicts Connacht and western parts of Ulster will stay dry for a time on Tuesday morning.

Highs of 18C will bring back memories of recent summer conditions while a different picture is predicted in the south as rain gathers to bring heavy downpours throughout the day.

Showers will pick up and travel east for a wet afternoon in the capital.

Highs of 19C in Dublin will keep the air warm but the rain will be heavy at times with cloud coverage masking any clear skies.

Ulster will get the best of the weather on Tuesday with sunny spells and dry conditions for most.

Highs of 19C in Belfast with light variable winds will bring a rather pleasant afternoon in the north.

Conditions will remain dry overnight with the rain clearing in most places.

An average of 12C will cover the country into Wednesday with clear dry patches becoming more frequent and the promise of a break from the rain.

Dull and cloudy

A mixture of cloud with the odd bright spell is set for mid-week with highs of 19C in Cork and a slightly cooler 18C in Dublin and Belfast.

Light showers will sweep the west coast as northeast winds pick up towards the afternoon.

The sunny southeast will get clear dry conditions with sunny spells and highs of 18C.

The remaining Irish weather forecast is for conditions to remain dull and cloudy with an increasing risk of drizzle coming in from the west.

Showers will get heavier overnight on Wednesday sweeping the country in a dark cloud.

Strong southerly winds will travel east with the heavy showers, bringing a risk of thunder in places.

Thursday will be mostly breezy with more rain to come, further risk of thunder and strong gusty winds from the Atlantic.

Friday will bring more showers, wind, cloud coverage and lower temperatures average between 13C and 16C.

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