‘Very unsettled’ weather forecast for rest of week

Heavy and thundery showers expected but hopes of improvements by Friday

Mon, Aug 11, 2014, 11:28

Don’t put away your umbrellas just yet because it is going to be unseasonably cool and rainy until Friday.

Met Éireann meteorologist Jean Byrne said the weather will be “very unsettled” every day, with showers at times, some of them heavy and thundery, along with some sunny spells.

Temperatures will be slightly below normal all week, with average highs of 16 to 19 degrees Celsius.

Today is going to be blustery, with strong westerly winds all over the country. There will be occasional heavy showers until late in the evening. Thunderstorms are likely. Temperatures today will reach up to 18 degrees, with chilly lows tonight of between 8 and 11 degrees.

Today and tomorrow will be the wettest, with heavy showers currently working their way eastward.

There will be less showers and a little more sun on Wednesday and Thursday.

Things should improve even further by Friday. It won’t be as wet, but temperatures will still be cooler than normal.

The dreary forecast follows a weekend of torrential downpours across many eastern parts of the State due to the tail end of Hurricane Bertha. It resulted in flooding at Howth, Co Dublin and on the M1 motorway.

Northern England and Scotland will continue to feel the effects of ex-Hurricane Bertha today as stormy conditions and winds up to 80km/ph are forecast.

While Wales and southern England were left drenched yesterday, it is the turn of northern parts to endure the unpleasant conditions today.

By early this morning the town of Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland had recorded almost a month’s rainfall in 12 hours, while Aberdeenshire saw gusts of 80 km/ph.

The UK’s environment agency has issued six flood warnings, indicating flooding is expected, and 47 flood alerts across England and Wales, while the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has 12 flood alerts in place.

Additional reporting PA