Met Éireann issues thunderstorm alert for Tipperary and all of Ireland

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Nationwide thunder warning issued by Met Éireann

Met Éireann has put all counties in Ireland on alert for thunderstorms that will feature severe downpours, hail and could lead to flooding.

The forecaster has issued a Status Yellow thunder warning for Ireland, North and South. 

It says heavy thunderstorms are expected to develop later on Thursday and Thursday night with some severe downpours, hail and spot flooding.

However, it also advises that due to the localised nature of thunderstorms some parts of the country will remain dry.

The warning was issued at lunchtime on Wednesday and is valid from 4pm on Thursday to 9am on Friday. It was issued at 1pm on Wednesday, June 24.

The alert for the 32 counties was issued in conjunction with Met Éireann's official partner the Met Office in the UK.

The national forecast issued at 11.24am on Wednesday is as follows: 

Friday will be cooler with temperatures dropping back to between 15 and 21 degrees, the higher values over east Ulster. There'll be showers, some of them heavy or prolonged and particularly affecting Ulster. Light westerly or variable winds.

Saturday will be cooler still with a freshening westerly wind bringing further showers. Temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees.

A fresh westerly wind on Sunday will bring further spells of rain or showers with temperatures of just 12 to 16 degrees.

The extended outlook into the early days of next week is for continued unsettled conditions with rain or showers at times.