Thunderstorm warning for seven counties on final day of heatwave

Met Éireann has issued a thunderstorm warning for seven counties as Ireland’s heatwave draws to a close.

The national forecaster said southern and eastern areas of the country will experience thunderstorm activity today, along with localised heavy rainfall which may cause some localised flooding.

The status-yellow warning for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford came into force at 9.30am this morning and will remain in effect until 9pm tonight.

It comes as a high temperature warning remains in place for Leinster, but is due to expire at 7pm this evening.

“On Tuesday the very warm weather will continue to occur over Leinster with daytime temperatures of 25 to 28 degrees,” Met Éireann said.

The recent heatwave has brought record-breaking temperatures, with Ireland’s highest temperature of the 21st century provisionally recorded in Dublin on Monday when the mercury hit 33 degrees Celsius in Phoenix Park.

The reading is only 0.3 degrees below the all-time record – 33.3 degrees at Kilkenny Castle on June 26th, 1887.

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