Saturday, September 03, 2022

The rain at Electric Picnic is set to continue as Met Éireann has issued a new warning for local intense showers this weekend.

The forecaster said heavy downpours up to 50mm and squalls are likely in counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo and Waterford.

The status orange warning will be in place from 4am to 8am on Sunday, with a less severe yellow warning issued for the rest of the country overnight from Saturday.

Rain hit the Electric Picnic site on Friday night and Saturday morning where 70,000 were attending, many camping.

The campsites at the Co Laois festival were wet, muddy and worn down by the festivalgoers walking between their tents and food stalls on Saturday morning.

The heavy rain overnight meant many attendees experienced wet sleeping bags, pyjamas, and flooded tents.

On Saturday rain will push across the country with a mix of sunny spells and heavy showers will follow. As the day goes on Met Éireann has warned that some showers will be heavy and thundery.

Saturday night will see conditions turning very wet, with strong winds sweeping northwards. There is a possibility of localised flooding – not ideal for campers at the Stradbally music festival.

Sunday will also start with heavy rain, which will gradually clear with some sunny spells in the morning, and a few more showers in the afternoon. Temperatures will reach 15 to 20 degrees, with strong and gusty winds, that will become southerly and moderate during the afternoon.

Sunday night is to be wet and blustery once again with temperatures remaining mild.

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