WEATHER FORECAST: Wicklow braced for another August washout, but ray of hope on horizon for next weekend
Wicklow is braced for yet another August washout.
The county escaped the latest Status Yellow warning which applies to Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Donegal and all of Connacht and comes into effect from midnight tonight to midnight Tuesday.
But Wicklow will not avoid the heavy rain and unsettled conditions forecast for most of this week.
In its latest forecast, Met Éireann said: “Intense rainfall is expected at times Monday night and on Tuesday. Falls of 30 to 50mm are expected with surface flooding.
“This rainfall will further elevate river levels and may result in river flooding also.”
While there will be some bright spells, the national forecaster said tonight and Tuesday will be a washout, with thundery downpours and a risk of flooding countrywide.
Met Éireann said: “Very wet conditions are expected countrywide Monday night and through much of Tuesday with heavy rain.
“There will be thundery downpours at times leading to flooding (danger of both surface and river) in some areas with southern and western counties most at risk, though it could dry out in parts of the south during Tuesday afternoon and evening as the rain gives way to showers.”
There’s better news in store for Wednesday, with “generally bright conditions” in most places and “sunny breaks, scattered showers and moderate winds with afternoon highs of 16 to 19 degree”.
The weather will remain unsettled on Thursday and Friday. Rain is forecast in most parts of the country at times on Thursday, while showery conditions are also predicted for Friday, with blustery winds and temperature highs of between 15 to 18 degrees.
There may, however, be some hope of better weather on the horizon. Met Éireann said the latest indications for next weekend are “drier, calmer conditions” with sunny spells and some scattered showers.