WATCH Torrential rain showers hit Portlaoise town centre

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Torrential rain hit Portlaoise today with one shower hitting the Main Street of the Laois town with a vengence.

During Monday the town enjoyed sunny spells in a freakish day of weather.

Met Éireann had forecast showers but expects them to die out. The foreacaster is predicting more rain early this week but a dry second half to the week with temperatures rising.

Forecast as follows:

TONIGHT - MONDAY 30TH JULY
Showers will become more isolated tonight retreating to Atlantic coastal districts, leaving long clear spells early in the night with a few isolated mist patches forming. Overnight, though a more organised band of showery rain will push in off the Atlantic to affect much of Connacht, west Ulster and west Munster by morning. Lowest temperatures 8 to 11 degrees. Light to moderate southerly winds will become strong along Atlantic coasts.

TOMORROW - TUESDAY 31ST JULY
Tomorrow will be a breezy day with fresh and gusty south to southwesterly winds, occasionally strong along coasts. A generally cloudy day overall with outbreaks of rain, heavy and persistent at times in the Northwest but more sporadic elsewhere with a few brighter spells in parts. The rain easing off later in the day. Top temperatures of 16 to 21 degrees, mildest over Leinster.

NATIONAL OUTLOOK
Headline: Changeable with showers or longer spells of rain and windy at times until Thursday, then trending towards more settled conditions at the end of the week.

Tuesday night: Showers becoming isolated and largely confined to the Atlantic coastal fringes early on Tuesday night leaving variable cloud amounts and clear intervals. Patchy rain and drizzle will arrive in the southwest overnight, extending inland over parts of Connacht and Munster by morning. Lows of 11 to 14 degrees in light to moderate southerly breezes. 

Wednesday: Limited brighter intervals in eastern and northern areas at first, but becoming mostly cloudy with patchy outbreaks of rain and drizzle spreading countrywide. The rain could be persistent and occasionally heavy in parts of the west and southwest during the afternoon and evening. Light to moderate south to southeast winds with highs of 18 to 21 degrees. A mostly cloudy, misty, damp and humid night follows on Wednesday night with scattered rain and drizzle patches. Minimum temperatures no lower than the mid-teens. 

Thursday: Further spells of rain and drizzle on Thursday, but current indications suggest clearer sunnier conditions will develop in the east and southeast later in the day. A warm day with maximum temperatures of 20 to 24 degrees, generally, but a little cooler in the Atlantic coastal fringes. 

Further outlook: High pressure is signalled to build over Ireland from the south towards the end of the week and into the coming weekend, leading to a return to more generally settled conditions. Though a lot of dry weather overall is indicated, showers are still possible. Daytime highs at this stage look likely to be in the low to mid-twenties.