An orange thunderstorm alert remains in effect across the country this morning as thunderstorms swept through many parts of the country last night.
The Met Eireann warning will remain in place until 9am today, along with an orange fire alert that will remain in place until midnight tomorrow, as tinder dry conditions pose a high risk of fire – particularly through dead grass, heather and gorse.
While the heatwave that began on Tuesday officially ended yesterday, with Oak Park recording a daily high of 29.4C in Co Carlow, the national hotspot, Met Eireann said the entire country has been threatened by sporadic thunderstorms since last night .
A status orange thunderstorm warning also remains in place for all of Munster and counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow from 9am to 4pm today.
Other active thunderstorms with bands of lightning were also reported
Met Eireann meteorologist Emer Flood said a series of very active thunderstorms moved across the country last night.
One particularly active dumped 20mm of rain in just 15 minutes last night in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, she said.
Other active thunderstorms with bands of lightning were also reported in Counties Kerry, Cork and Limerick.
“They’re in most regions and there will be more popping up overnight across the country, but they’re going to be hit and miss,” she said Irish Independent. “They could be scattered all over the night and into the early morning.”
For all of Leinster and Munster and counties Cavan, Monaghan, Galway and Roscommon, where overnight temperatures were not expected to drop below 15C after another hot day with overnight temperatures, one remains until 6am today as well Amber high temperature status warning is high 20’s.
As of today, as the thunderstorms clear up this morning, there will be a noticeable drop in temperatures and humidity. Daily highs range from 14°C to 16°C in the north and northwest and between 17°C and 23°C elsewhere. Tomorrow will be cooler and cloudier with isolated light showers and maximum temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees, mildest in the south. Wednesday will be dry with a mix of clouds and sunny and hazy intervals in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, thousands of Irish Water customers in Co Kerry were left without water overnight on Saturday after a major water main from the Lough Guitane water treatment plant to the Sheheree reservoir burst in Co Kerry’s central regional water supply system. Some restrictions could continue in the coming days, according to the utility company.
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/weather-warning-orange-alert-issued-as-heatwave-burns-itself-out-and-thunderstorms-roll-in-41911674.html Weather Alert – orange alert issued when the heatwave dies out and thunderstorms are brewing