Up to 35mm of rain expected in some areas on the second day of the ‘Ploughing’

Up to 35mm of rain is expected to fall in some parts of the country today, as the second day of the National Ploughing Championships gets underway.

A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued by Met Eireann for some areas. Munster and Leinster, as well as counties Cavan and Monaghan are set to be affected by the warning.

Heavy rain is forecast today. This rain is set to continue in the east for a time tonight, with total accumulations of between 25mm and 35mm possible.

The warning was issued earlier this morning and came into effect at 7:00am. It is scheduled to remain in place until 3:00am on Thursday, September 21.

Temperatures will range from 14º to 17º today as the rain spreads across the country. Meanwhile, pockets of fog are likely to develop in the midlands tomorrow morning around dawn.

Rain forecast today contrasts to the sunny spells experienced yesterday as the ‘Ploughing’ got underway. But clouds did descend over the site in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly late in the evening.

A record crowd visited what is one of Europe’s largest outdoor events yesterday; visitor numbers reached 112,500 in total. This represented an increase in attendance of just over 10% compared to visitor figures for the first day of the event last year.

With the event set to run until tomorrow (Thursday, September 21), organisers are hoping for a strong overall attendance at this year’s event.

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