Lots of Rain from Spain is on the way shows Met Éireann forecast and weather charts

Potentially heavy or thundery rainfall

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly

Met Éireann says much of Ireland is going to see above-average rain levels for the week ahead with no return of sunny and dry weather in the forecast in the outlook.

Met Éireann charts show that rain fronts originating in the Bay of Biscay around Spain will move up over Ireland from Wednesday right through to next week. SCROLL THROUGH SLIDE SHOW ABOVE TO SEE MORE CHARTS.

The forecaster's farming forecast on rain says conditions will begin to change on Tuesday evening.

"Light rain and drizzle is expected to arrive Tuesday evening. Our weather will continue unsettled through the rest of the week bringing some potentially heavy or thundery rainfall, especially to the east and south.

"Much of the country should see rainfall above average in the coming 7 seven days, with possibly 20 to 30mm in Leinster and Munster, and 10 to 20mm in Ulster and Connacht," says the forecast.

Met Éirann says the rain may provide some relief for farmers and others who are suffering due to the lack of moisture in the ground.

"There is the potential for some quite heavy localised falls, and this may help substantially, especially in the southeast from Wednesday," said the forecast.

Temperatures for the week ahead look to remain close to normal so sunshine totals are likely to be around or a little above average. MORE BELOW TWEET.

Met Éireann forecast issued on Wednesday, June 10 on 9:33 am.

Showers or longer spells of rain today with the risk of hail, as well as some thundery downpours. Overall cloudy and cool for early summer, with highest temperatures of 12 to 16 degrees, in moderate northwest winds.

Further showers or longer spells of rain tonight, especially across Leinster - some further thundery falls possible. However, it will become drier later in the west and north with clear spells developing. Lowest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees Celsius. Becoming breezy later, as north to northeast winds freshen.

Rather windy on Thursday, especially in the east and south, with fresh and gusty northeast winds. Cloud will vary though the day with some scattered blustery showers. However, they will be far fewer as compared to today, with mainly dry conditions in the west and north. Highest temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees Celsius, mildest over Connacht.

Overview: Temperatures recovering into the high teens or low 20s by day by the weekend but our weather will remain mixed with showers or longer spells of rain interspersed with drier and sunnier interludes.

Thursday night: Mainly dry and clear for a time, but further bands of showery rain will feed in off the Irish Sea overnight. Northeasterly winds will continue fresh to strong and gusty near eastern and southern coasts, but winds will gradually moderate elsewhere. Lows of 8 to 11 degrees.

Friday: Still breezy on Friday with scattered showers. Often cloudy with the best of the bright or sunny spells in the northwest. A spell of heavier rain will move up from the southeast to affect parts of Leinster and Munster in the evening. Highs of 16 to 19 degrees in mostly moderate northeast winds, fresh and gusty near the southeast coast. Outbreaks of rain will continue to edge northwestwards over the country on Friday night, with clearer conditions following from the southeast overnight. Northeasterly winds easing and becoming light east to southeast overnight. A humid night, with lows of 10 to 13 degrees.

Saturday: Remaining rain in the west and north soon clearing in the morning to leave a mix of sunny spells and showers. Some of the showers will be heavy and possibly thundery. Light to moderate easterly breezes. Highs of 18 to 22 degrees.

Sunday: Another day of sunny spells and showers, with the potential for heavy and possibly thundery downpours with hail. Top temperatures 16 to 21 degrees in light to moderate easterly or variable breezes.

Early next week: Humid, with temperatures trending near or slightly above average into the early days of next week, but the rather mixed and changeable conditions look set to continue. Sunny spells will occur in most parts, but showers are likely too, thundery in places with some longer spells of rain.