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Irish Mirror
Irish Mirror
David Kent

Ireland weather: Met Eireann's stunning five-day forecast has brutal twist for Electric Picnic fans

Met Éireann's latest five day forecast for the week ahead is terrible reading for anyone planning to head along to Electric Picnic next weekend.

The national forecaster usually gives a five-day forecast every morning, with regular updates throughout the day as newer models and information becomes available to them.

It's good news for the majority of the week ahead, with high pressure dominating - but there is a brutal twist incoming on Friday morning for anyone heading to Stradbally.

Festival-goers walk through the mud after wet weather (FilmMagic via Getty Images)

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We'll get to that shortly, but Monday will kick off the week with a balmy high of 23C, as Met Éireann note that the day will be "warm and mainly dry with bright or sunny spells. Some showers developing this afternoon and evening, mainly over the midlands, Connacht and Ulster, a few possibly heavy."

That rain will die out on Monday evening, leading to a similar story on Tuesday as the country stays mostly dry with sunny spells and a high of 22C.

Met Eireann continue "Wednesday and Thursday will all be mainly dry with sunny spells and just a few showers at times. Highest temperatures of 18 to 22C with mainly light to moderate easterly breezes. Lowest night time temperatures will range from about 9 to 12C."

But here is where the good weather ends - marking terrible news for the 80,000+ people who are planning to camp up in the fields of Stradbally for Electric Picnic for the first time in three years.

Friday morning will be dry, but massive rain showers will soon sweep across the island, with Met Éireann warning "a band of rain will move in from the west and heavy showers will develop further east.

Festival goers head home early due to the rain and the mud during T in the Park 2012 in Kinross, United Kingdom (Getty Images)

"Through the second half of the day heavy downpours are likely, especially over Leinster and Ulster with localised flooding possible. Highest temperatures of 16 to 20C"

So, forget about your bucket hats and short sleeved shirts, pack the ponchos and wellington boots!


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