National Team Championships 2018: What is the weather forecast for Tullamore?

The weather forecast is getting wet and windy for those who are going to the National Team Championships this week.

The 87th edition of the agricultural festival starts tomorrow in Tullamore, but the approximately 300,000 people will have to keep their shoes on for the week.

Looking ahead to tomorrow's forecast, a Met Aire spokesman said: "Long-term overnight rainfall in the north will disappear to the northeast tomorrow morning with a cloudburst for a time to produce sunny periods.

"From the Atlantic, more rain will come later in the morning to reach the west and southwest later in the morning, with scattered eruptions stretching eastward across the country in the afternoon.

"Stormy, with southwestern winds that become moderate to fresh and windless, strong to almost stormy along coasts.

"Top temperatures of 17 to 20 degrees."

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They continued: "The Tuesday night will be largely dry and clear for the first half of the night, rain and strong south-westerly winds develop by Wednesday morning.

"Wet and windy on Wednesday morning (windy west to southwest wind).

"The wind decreases in the afternoon when the rain is blowing, mainly dry for the evening, rain in the south and west later in the night.

"Thursday will be a wet day for most of the country, the heaviest rain in the south and east.

"Rain finally cleared up in the first half of the night."

But it is unlikely that the spirits will be tempered, because the championships are the main outlet for the presentation of the Irish agricultural industry and attract huge crowds every year to the 700-hectare site in Screggan, Tullamore.

Apart from farm-related competitions, there will be a variety of other activities, including a traditional village, food fairs and fashion shows.

This year, there are 1,700 exhibitors from countries around the world, such as Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany.

And a range of music acts, such as the Irish country stars Jake Carter and Mike Denver will be performing.

The championships pocket a considerable sum of visitors every year, with the spending amount in 2011 being just under € 36.5 million.

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