Tuesday 21 November 2017

Rain signals end of our September summer

Heavy rain on Talbot Street, Dublin
Heavy rain on Talbot Street, Dublin

The short-lived Indian summer has come to an end, as flood warnings and weather alerts are ringing in the weekend.

Met Eireann has issued an orange alert for the west of Ireland ahead of a weekend of heavy rainfall which could cause spot flooding in places.

Meanwhile, in the east of the country the rainfall alert has been graded at a lower level, but Dubliners are still facing a weekend of heavy and consistent rain.

"It's the end of the so-called mini-'Indian summer' - though I don't think we have a definition for an Indian summer. It certainly will begin to feel like autumn is here," forecaster Willemien Phelan told the Herald.


The unexpectedly balmy temperatures of the past few days are also due to cool off this weekend.

As the rain moves in this afternoon, temperatures will also drop to the mid to low teens, according to the national forecaster.

Sunday will bring a slight reprieve in places as the rain moves off, but it will return on Sunday evening and continue into early next week.

Motor group AA Roadwatch is advising caution on the roads today due to the high levels of rainfall.

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"Preparations should begin before rain starts to fall," Arwen Foley, editor of AA Roadwatch said.

"Check your tyre pressure and tread depth; it might be time to replace your tyres as balding can be extremely dangerous in these conditions," she added.

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