WEEKEND WEATHER: Wicklow braced for rain, wind, thunderstorms – and potato blight!
What on earth happened to our beautiful summer? After weeks of glorious sunshine, Met Éireann has forecast rain, wind, thunderstorms and also a potato blight warning for Wicklow and the rest of the country.
The warning is set to last all weekend. The national forecaster says conditions will be “conductive to the spread of the potato blight to occur”.
In order for blight to take place, there needs to be a 12 hour period with temperatures of 10 degrees or more and humidity higher than 90%,
Blight warnings usually start in May due to the weather needed for the process to start.
Wicklow and the rest of the country are in for a pretty miserable weekend weather-wise, according to Met Éireann.
The forecaster said this morning will be mostly cloudy with showery rain, heaviest over the northern half of the country and the east. Drier periods will develop in the afternoon, but rain will push into the south east during the evening, with temperature highs of 14 to 19 or 20 degrees, coolest in Munster and Leinster.
Tomorrow is expected to be showery across the country, with longer spells of rain likely in some areas. However, there will be some sunny spells, and temperatures of up to 17 to 21 degrees.
Warm sunny conditions are forecast for Sunday – but Met Éireann warned we’re also in for some heavy showers and thunderstorms.
The national forecaster said: “Prolonged downpours in places with a few thunderstorms breaking out. Highest temperatures ranging 18 to 23 degrees with generally light winds but gusty around heavy showers. Humid overnight with some scattered showers and the ongoing risk of an isolated thunderstorm.”
Early indications suggest Monday will be a warm and humid day with hazy sunny spells, aling with scattered heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms.