UPDATE - HEAVY RAINFALL ON FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY MORNING WITH LOCALISED FLOODING
Friday is shaping up to be a very wet and windy day across Ireland especially across the southwest, west and northwest of Ireland where there will be persistent heavy rainfall for the day and overnight into Saturday morning.
On Thursday night across much of the west and northwest there will be heavy showers and as we move on through the morning these showers will continue and spread to all Atlantic coastal counties in the southwest, west and northwest of Ireland.
Over Friday afternoon and evening rain will become more heavy and persistent across much of west Munster Connacht and Ulster with very heavy falls leading to localised flooding.
On Friday night a into Saturday morning a heavier pulse of rainfall again will spread in of the Atlantic and spread to all areas with heavy rainfall for everywhere over the period especially along the Atlantic coastal counties.
Here is some of the rainfall totals expect over Friday afternoon into Saturday morning with the ARPEGE weather model shown some areas possibly seen over 50mm to 60mm of rainfall. A orange warning for rainfall may still be issued over the coming hours.
What to expect
Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely
Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer
Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer
With the amount of rain over the past week Soil moisture deficits are generally around 10 to 20 mm over Munster and Leinster but somewhat lower elsewhere. Some poorly drained soil are saturated or waterlogged in the west and north.
With the amount of rainfall due between today (Thursday into Sunday) rainfall amounts are due to be significantly above average in most areas. The west and northwest are expected to record the greatest amounts of rainfall, with two and half to three times the average rainfall forecast here. Southern and eastern parts will see the less amounts but rainfall still average there.
With some parts in the west and northwest seen waterlogged ground then this will increase the likelihood of flooding Friday into Saturday morning especially anywhere that has blocked drains.
Around the middle of next week there are indications that high pressure may build over Ireland for a few days giving drier weather but not fully dry but a possible improvement than we are currently seen.
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Kenneth from the Donegal Weather Channel.
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