Met Eireann weather forecasters warn of big change set to ruin heatwave

By Mark O'Brien

We're basking in unseasonably warm weather with temperatures topping 20C but forecasters have warned that our spirits are literally about to be dampened.

Met Eireann's latest forecast predicts that while Dublin will enjoy a few more days of balmy temperatures, there's some torrential rain in store with a risk of spot flooding in some places.

The mercury will soar as high as 25C today and it will continue to be warm and very humid tonight.

It will continue to be very warm on Wednesday with highs of 23C but there is a chance of very heavy rain and spot flooding in places.

And those heavy downpours aren't going anywhere soon with the next few days looking like a washout.

Here's what's in store according to the national forecast:

Thursday: "Another day of quite widespread heavy showers, with the potential for isolated thunderstorms. Heavy downpours bring the risk of spot flooding. There will be some occasional bright intervals also. Highest temperatures of 17 to 22 degrees with light southerly or variable winds."

Friday: "Scattered showers with occasional bright or sunny spells on Friday, showers will not be as heavy as those midweek. Highest temperatures of 16 to 20 or 21 degrees, warmest in the east, with light northwest winds. Showers will become less widespread overnight with drier weather developing, becoming clear in places."

Saturday: "Feeling fresher with a mix of scattered showers and some bright or sunny periods. There will be dry spells throughout the day. Turning cooler too with highest temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees in a light northwest breeze."

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