Weather Ireland: Flash floods and thunderstorms herald the end of the heatwave


Heavy downpours and flooding have hit parts of the country as thunderstorms marked the end of the heatwave.

et Éireann extended a status orange thunderstorm weather warning to 10pm this evening for Munster and counties Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Kildare, Wicklow and Dublin.

Flash flooding occurred in Carlow in the town of Tullow tonight.

Motorists have been asked to avoid the city after a number of roads were closed, including Castledermot Road and the R725 between Applegreen and the Tullow Bridge.

Severe flooding hit Wexford on Monday afternoon and evening after heavy rains hit the town of New Ross. People have been urged to avoid the quays and to drive with extreme caution in other areas.

Wexford County Council said water supplies would be suspended in the Kilmore, Duncormick, Rathangan, Killag, Wellington Bridge and Bannow areas until at least 10am on Tuesday.

The forecaster added that due to the “sporadic nature” of thunderstorm activity, not all areas will be affected.

A small vessel warning was also in place on Monday from Roches Point via Slyne Head to Malin Head, with northerly winds expected of force 6 or higher. It was supposed to end just after midnight.

The downpours came after Sunday night’s heatwave ended with thunder, lightning and flash flooding in many places.

Met Éireann said temperatures will generally be in the mid to high teens for the remainder of the week. Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be “chilly days with lots of dry weather and some light showers,” the meteorologist added.

Thursday is expected to be milder with occasional rain, while a mix of showers and sun is expected on Friday.

Thunderstorms ended in Northern Ireland on Sunday night, prompting the Met Office to issue a yellow weather warning for hail, lightning and possible flooding. Weather Ireland: Flash floods and thunderstorms herald the end of the heatwave

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