Irish weather forecast: Thunderstorms and risk of flooding across Ireland this weekend

Grab those umbrellas! The Irish weather forecast shows a complete washout for the weekend.

The coming weekend is set to be a complete washout for parts of Ireland with the Irish weather forecast predicting outbreaks of thundery downpours.

Irish Meteorological Service, Met Eireann, has flagged a risk of spot flooding on Saturday with widespread rain and gusty winds.

There may be intermittent bright spells in parts of the country but most places will remain under a dark wet cloud.

Risk of thunderstorms

Parts of the southeast may see a few bright or even sunny spells today with highs of 16 degrees Celsius this afternoon.

The rest of Ireland, however, will be battered by rain and strong gusty winds with an average of 14C.

The west coast is forecast to get the heaviest showers with a high risk of thunderstorms in northwest Connacht.

Localised flooding may occur as the afternoon progresses while strong gusty winds will travel from a southwesterly direction.

The Irish weather forecast has predicted lighter showers for the northeast of the country with some bright spells and less cloud.

A light breeze in Belfast with temperatures of 14C will make conditions manageable in between showers.

The capital will feel slightly warmer at 15C with scattered showers and somewhat gusty winds building from the west.

Thunderstorms and longer spells of heavy rain will spread overnight with counties in the north, northwest and south of Ireland most at risk.

Temperatures will drop as low as 8C in rural areas while cities will stay in double figures at around 11C.

Clearing up

Friday is set to start wet for most parts with the Irish weather forecast predicting heavy showers in parts of Ulster but becoming less frequent towards the afternoon.

Conditions may become drier in the south by Friday evening with some sunny spells and highs of 17C in parts of Cork and Waterford.

Fresh and gusty southwesterly winds may leave conditions feeling cool in places.

The west will continue to get outbreaks of rain throughout Friday with a few bright spells and gusty winds from the Atlantic.

An average temperature of 15C in Connacht will make it feel warm at times despite the rain.

The rain will start to clear in the south on Friday night with a westerly breeze and average temperature of 11C.

Conditions will also dry up in Dublin overnight with a light breeze and temperatures remaining in double figures.

Heavy showers will continue to soak the west until early Saturday morning with an increased risk of spot flooding.

Weekend washout

Saturday is set to bring heavy downpours in the south with a high risk of thunder in parts of Munster.

Ulster may get some dry spells for a while before the rain hits while Dublin will get soaked in the afternoon.

The rain is forecast to continue into Saturday evening with most of Ireland getting wet and the risk of floods increasing.

Sunday will bring even more rain in the west, east and north of Ireland with occasional bright spells and highs of between 14C and 16C.

Weather conditions are set to dry up in the south in time for Sunday afternoon, bringing sunny spells and highs of 16C.

The end of the weekend may be salvaged in parts of Munster while the rest of Ireland looks forward to another unsettled week ahead.

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