Met Éireann has issued a status orange rain warning for the south coast from tomorrow morning as heavy downpours and local flooding are expected across the country.
The orange alert was issued for counties Cork, Waterford and Kerry from 3am on Sunday. The warning for Kerry is due to expire at 3pm, while it has been extended to 3am Monday for Cork and Waterford.
“Continued heavy rains with scattered thunderstorms will cause disruption and localized flooding,” Met Éireann said.
Earlier, Met Éireann issued a separate nationwide yellow rain warning from 3am to 3am on Monday.
“Heavy rain with scattered thunderstorms may cause disruption and localized flooding,” Met Éireann said.
The orange warning has forced the Harvest Festival in the city of Waterford to end a day early.
Festival organizers have confirmed that it will end at 8pm tonight instead of tomorrow as originally planned.
Festival co-director Shona Dubois said they were “devastated” to have to close early.
“However, we have decided to remain open tonight until 8pm and we would encourage anyone who was planning to attend the festival tomorrow to join us in Waterford this afternoon and enjoy all the fun and atmosphere of the festival,” she added .
The rain warning comes as thousands of country fans are set to descend on Croke Park on Sunday night to see Garth Brooks perform at his third Irish concert of the weekend.
Met Éireann said the rain will spread across the country on Sunday morning, becoming heavy and persistent in places. Isolated thunderstorms are possible, along with the possibility of local flooding. On Sunday it will be muggy and windy with maximum temperatures of 17°C to 20°C.
More rain showers, some with heavy downpours, are expected on Sunday night. Overnight it will be mild and muggy with low temperatures of 12°C to 16°C.
On Monday, patchy rain and drizzle will be largely confined to the south-east of the country, while sunny spells will develop elsewhere. Met Éireann said maximum temperatures will range from a “fairly chilly” 15C or 16C in the north to 20C or 21C in the south.
Monday evening will be mostly dry with long clear spells and the possibility of some showers in the northwest. The lowest temperatures fall back to 7 to 10 °C.
The forecaster said Tuesday looked mainly dry, with long rays of sunshine and highest temperatures between 16C and 20C, warmest in southern counties.
Overnight it remains mostly dry with long clear periods and lowest temperatures of 6°C to 9°C.
Wednesday is expected to be another dry day with sunshine and highs of 16C to 20C.
Wednesday night will remain mostly dry, with clear spells and lows of 6C to 10C.
“Initial indications are that high pressure will build up near Ireland, bringing mostly dry and calm conditions for the rest of the week,” Met Éireann said.
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