The wet, windy and unsettled weather that caused flooding in parts of Cork on Sunday will continue next week, according to Met Éireann. Members of the public attending the Guinness Jazz Festival in Cork have been asked to remain mindful of their safety and the welfare of others during flooding expected on Sunday evening.
Cork City Council’s flood assessment team met on Sunday to review forecast super spring tides, which were expected to cause “significant tidal flooding” in low-lying areas of Cork city center at high tide.
Cavan, Monaghan, Connacht, Longford, Louth and Westmeath were under a yellow rain warning on Sunday, with heavy and persistent showers forecast.
Met Éireann meteorologist Brandon Creagh said several locations recorded rainfall of 20mm, which was less than expected, but that wet ground and high tides have currently increased the risk of flooding.
“We had several yellow rain warnings and that was because there were quite heavy showers in the area. The soil is currently so saturated that anything that falls could put us in flood plains. There are also currently very high tides, which are also causing problems in coastal areas. It will remain very unsettled for the rest of the week as low pressure areas continue to prevail across the country.”
Mr Creagh said showers would move across the country from the south on Monday, starting in Cork, before gradually moving northwards throughout the day, with the possibility of thunderstorms.
After that, a secondary low pressure system will move in from the Atlantic, bringing more wet and windy conditions, while Storm Ciarán will make landfall on Wednesday. “There is still uncertainty at this time about the future course of this system,” Mr Creagh said.