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Sunshine to make way for rain with possible 'intense downpours' - Met Eireann

After days of glorious sunshine in which Meath has basked in temperatures from 24-30 degrees...the rain is set to return this evening.

Isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms this afternoon will become more widespread from early evening according to Met Eireann.

The most intense downpours will cause some flooding, with intense lightning and hail possible. Some areas will stay dry. Hot today, especially in Munster and south Leinster, with highest temperatures generally between 24 to 30 degrees. Cooler in the northwest with temperatures in the low 20s. Winds generally light northerly or variable but strong gusts are possible around showers, and there will be sea breezes.

Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms will continue overnight and merge to longer spells of rain, with further downpours and spot flooding possible. Remaining warm and humid with lows of 13 to 17 degrees with light northerly or variable winds.

TOMORROW - Monday 15th August

On Monday scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect the southern half of the country, becoming intense through the afternoon with the continued risk of flooding. It will be fresher, but drier further north with just isolated showers and intermittent sunny spells. Highest temperatures will return closer to average, ranging from 15 to 17 degrees in the north and west, and between 18 and 23 degrees elsewhere. Light to moderate northerly winds will increase fresh to strong along Atlantic coasts.

MONDAY NIGHT: Showers will gradually die out in the south to leave a mostly dry night with clear spells. Lowest temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees, remaining warmest near the east coast in a moderate northerly breeze, fresh at times near northward facing coasts.

TUESDAY: Cooler and cloudier with scattered light showers. Highest temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees, mildest in the south, in moderate to fresh northerly breezes.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Showers will die out early in the night, leaving a dry night with a mix of cloud and clear spells. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 13 degrees in moderate northerly breezes.

WEDNESDAY: A dry day with a mix of cloud and sunny spells in the morning and widespread hazy sunshine developing in the afternoon. Highest temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees, warmest along the south coast in mostly light northwesterly breezes.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear spells early in the night, cloud will increase from the west with rain spreading into Atlantic coastal counties towards morning. Lowest temperatures of 8 to 14 degrees, mildest in the west, as light westerly breezes back southerly through the night.

THURSDAY: A band of rain, which may turn heavy at times, will cross the country through the morning, followed by scattered showers through the afternoon, clearing to more widespread sunny spells in the west through the evening. Highest temperatures of 16 to 22, warmest in Munster, with moderate southerly breezes veering westerly through the afternoon.

FURTHER OUTLOOK: While confidence is still quite low towards next weekend, current indications suggest it will turn milder and more settled for a time.