September 22, 2023

WEATHER FORECAST: Bank holiday washout – Kilkenny braced for heavy winds, thundery rain as temperatures plummet

After a welcome dry few days, the tail end of the bank holiday weekend will be a bit of a washout in Kilkenny and the rest of the country. And it’s set to be a cold and wet week with temperatures plummeting to as low as -3 degrees on Wednesday night.

In its latest forecast, Met Éireann warned heavy wind and rain will hit tomorrow, while the week ahead is set to be “unseasonably wet and windy”. This rain may turn heavy with the possibility of thundery showers.

The national forecaster said: “A wet and windy start to Bank Holiday Monday with further heavy spells of rain leading to spot flooding. Fresh to strong and gusty southerly winds will veer westerly with some damaging gusts through the day. Winds will continue to reach gale force along coastal areas of the southeast, southwest and west. In the afternoon, rain will break up into showers with some sunny spells developing, but with the risk of hail too. Highest temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees.”

Met Éireann said tomorrow will be cool and blustery, with sunshine and widespread showers, adding: “Some showers will be heavy with hail and possible sleet on higher ground. Highest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees Celsius, coolest across Ulster, in a fresh and gusty northwesterly wind.”

Wednesday morning will begin fairly sunny in Kilkenny, which will avoid the scattered showers forecast for the northwest. The national forecaster said: “Showers will become more widespread during the afternoon gradually dying out during the evening hours. Another cool day with highest temperatures ranging 7 to 11 degrees, coolest in Ulster, with light northerly or variable breezes.”

Thursday will also begin fairly sunny, but showers will become more widespread during the afternoon, gradually dying out during the evening. It will be another cool day with highest temperatures ranging 8 to 11 degrees.

Met Éireann said there are “tentative signs for milder weather next weekend”, but the forecaster warned it will be “unseasonably wet and windy too”.

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