Torrential rain has left some roads flooded in south
Showery conditions to continue but the second half of the week looks drier and warmer
Torrential rain has led to flood barriers have been erected in Mallow and Fermoy. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times
Torrential rain in the south of the country has caused flooding in parts of Co Cork.
Sections of the Dunmanway/Kilmichael Road (R587) are currently impassable due to flooding, including Ardcahan Bridge at the River Bandon, according to AA Roadwatch.
Met Éireann weather stations at Cork Airport recorded more than 30mm of rain and Valentia Observatory in Kerry 34mm on Friday morning.
Flood barriers have been erected in Mallow and Fermoy.
In Mallow, the Longfield Bridge, as well as Park Road, have been closed due to flooding.
This is the fourth time flood barriers have been erected in the town over the last few months. The situation is being monitored on a constant basis but flooding of properties is not expected.
He said areas of higher ground would have received “well in excess” of the 34mm of rain recorded at Valentia Observatory. “We had warnings of up to 50mm of rain, but some of the mountains in Kerry might have got in excess of that,” he said.
A yellow wind warning was in place for Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry until 6pm on Friday with southerly winds gusting at speeds of up to 80km/h-95km/h.
The rain will be followed by heavy showers over the western half of the country with strong, gusty southerly winds and a risk of thunder. It will be milder than of late with highest temperatures of between 10-12 degrees.
The mild temperatures will continue over the weekend with the possibility of 14 degrees in place though it will be cool at night with a touch of grass frost and showers.
Mr Clarke said the prolonged period of below-average temperatures which stifled grass growth and caused the ongoing fodder crisis was coming to an end.
More normal next week
As a consequence soil temperatures, which are vital for growth, are between a degree and a degree and a half below normal for the time of year.
He predicted a return to more normal temperatures next week. “The reasonably good news is that the temperatures which have been in single figures will get into double figures by the weekend and early next week,” he said.
“With temperatures in the air rising, soil temperatures will have a chance to recover.”
The forecast is for showery conditions to continue on Monday into the night, but the second half of the week looks drier and warmer.
The continuing unsettled weather follows on from one of the coldest months of March in recorded history.
Most places were at least 1.5 degrees cooler than normal and Valentia Observatory recorded its coldest March since 1962.
The first two days of the month broke a long-standing record for March. On March 1st and 2nd the temperature did not rise above zero in some places making it the first ever recorded ice days for the month.
The prolonged bad weather has led to a fodder crisis with poor grass growth meaning that animals have to be kept indoors.
The Government has now announced it will be importing fodder from abroad to alleviate the problems for farmers.