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Thunderstorm warnings throughout Ireland

  • May 21, 2024
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Thunderstorm warnings throughout Ireland

Thunderstorm warnings have been put in place for parts of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland this week. Heavy and thundery showers are thought to develop overt he afternoon and bring significant rainfall along with lightning and hail in the areas where they are likely to hit.

While many areas will likely avoid the worst of it, other part in the west could see as much as 30mm of rain within just an hour and up to double that amount within two to three hours. A weather warning from the Met Office was put in place for Fermanagh, Tyrone, and Derry in Northern Ireland. The poor conditions could lead to travel disruption due to flooding as well as power cuts and property damage.

Meanwhile, Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow thunderstorm warning for Counties Cavan, Donegal, Connacht, and Longford. The Republic’s weather service has issued warnings of thunderstorm and hail. These could also cause the same risks as in the north.  

A funnel cloud, an unusual weather event that occurs when cumulonimbus thunderclouds form in a storm, has been sighted close to Derry. It came as a cloud formed near County Donegal on Monday afternoon. Funnel clouds risk becoming tornadoes when they touch the ground and water spouts when they contact a body of water. An unstable atmosphere causes their formation.

In April, a five funnel clouds were spotted forming at once, being photographed in County Wicklow in the Republic of Ireland.

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