More flooding could occur over the next few days as relentless bands of rain move across Ireland from today, according to Met Éireann.
But the good news is that we can expect unusually mild temperatures for the season as we ring in the New Year with forecasts of mercury expected to hit 15C on New Years Day, according to forecaster Mark Bowe.
“It won’t be a record, but it will certainly be very hot,” he said of a swathe of soft, humid air coming in from the south Atlantic on Friday that will see daytime temperatures reach between 12C and 14C and between 13C and 15C on New Years Day.
But before calm comes, further downpours across the country will pose a risk of localized flooding. Heavy rains will move over the northern half of the country from today but dissipate northeasterly in the morning.
Although a few clear spells develop in the afternoon, scattered showers will persist in the south through overnight, with cool to strong westerly winds. However, temperatures will be very mild with highs between 11 ° C and 15 ° C today and nighttime temperatures between 8 ° C and 12 ° C.
The mild period will continue tomorrow with highs of 11C to 14C, but the rain will move across the country from the south with heavy falls and the risk of localized flooding during the day, followed by more widespread rains at the start of evening.
Friday will be similar, with rain coming from the west in the morning becoming widespread in the afternoon.
New Years Day will start dry in the east, but wet and windy conditions will arrive from the west and spread nationwide, with heavier rains expected to hit the southeast before conditions kick in. cleared up on Sunday, followed by another volatile week next week.
The soggy end of 2021 comes after scores of people in County Wexford found themselves cleaning up after heavy rains caused severe flooding on Christmas Day.
Residents of Bridgetown said the flooding was the worst they have ever seen.
Brian Reid lives in Dublin but owns a vacation home in Bridgetown. He called the flooding “brutal” and said the ground floor of his house had been destroyed.
“The whole ground floor of our house was flooded. Almost everything on the ground floor needs to be thrown away – from rugs, refrigerators, ovens to beds. All. it’s really brutal, ”he said.
“This is our vacation home, we go down every month. So we didn’t have to leave the house, but we had to come down as soon as we could to clean it up, so we’re here today.
Mr Reid traveled to Bridgetown yesterday to begin the full-scale cleanup operation. He and his family were at their home in Dublin when the flooding hit.
“We were home for Christmas, we were very lucky,” he said. “Some of our friends down here haven’t been so lucky. they were badly affected. There are people here and it just destroyed their Christmas. It’s terrible. We had a car floating in front of the house. The rescue helicopter dropped off two guys to help two people whose car was floating in front of our house. “
Mr Reid said his vacation home was also flooded in 2012, but the damage this time was far worse.
“There are four of us here getting very dirty and dirty. We were seriously flooded in 2012. So this is the second time, ”he said.