A reader, David McIlveen, sent in some of the pictures of the aftermath.
“I saw this at approximately 2.30pm today and at first it looked like snow on
the ground, but it wasn’t. It was hailstones,” he said.
David took the main picture above – and the handful of hail below.
Another photographer – The Happy Snapper – a donegaldaily.com regular – sent in the picture just below of the car and the house. “It was six inches deep in places,” he said.
Hard to believe it’s June!
Irish Weather Online, a site run by qualified forecasters, said: “There was a strong convergence of cold and warm air in the area at the time. Producing thunder and lightning and hail , and in this case the the cold air was at lower levels which kept any ice changing back to rain.
“Hence it being mostly a hail shower. Once it accumulates on the ground it produces a “cold shield” which keeps the ice as ice and builds up more and more.”