HEAVY and persistent rain is set to batter the country today – bringing a flood risk in the southwest.
The warning is valid from 9am this morning until 2am tomorrow.
The alert reads: “A spell of rain on Sunday will bring accumulations of 25 to 40mm, highest totals in mountainous regions.
“Some localised flooding is possible.”
A Yellow status wind warning has also been put in pace for Wexford Cork and Waterford of gusts up to 90km/h.
The warning will be in place from 2pm today until 2am tomorrow.
The alert says: “This afternoon, this evening and for a time tonight, southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 Km/hr with gusts of up to 90 Km/hr, strongest in coastal areas.”
Across the day is set to begin with sunny spells and scattered showers.
Spot flooding is on the cards for some areas – with temperatures to hit between 10C and 15C.
Met Eireann said: “Blustery with sunny spells and scattered showers to begin.
“However, outbreaks of rain will soon spread from the southwest to all areas through this morning.
“The rain becoming persistent with some heavy falls, particularly in the southwest, bringing the risk of local flooding here.
“Southwest winds will remain fresh to strong across southern counties and on the north coast, easing light to moderate elsewhere.
“Highs of 10 to 15 degrees, coolest in the north and mildest in the south.”
Tonight is set to bring outbreaks of rain across the entire country.
Temperatures are set to hit lows of 4C.
HAIL AND THUNDER RISK
The forecaster continued: “Outbreaks of rain in all areas, clearing to heavy showers later in the night.
“Fresh to strong southwest winds in southern counties. Lows of 4 to 7 degrees.”
Tomorrow is set to bring widespread heavy showers bringing a risk of hail and thunder.
Temperatures are set to hit highs of 11C with brisk winds that will be strong on coasts.
Met Eireann explained: “Cool and blustery with widespread showers.
“The showers will be heavy with the risk of hail and thunder.
“The best of any bright spells in the south, with showers merging into a longer spell of rain in the north.
“Highs of 8 to 11 degrees in brisk westerly winds, strong on coasts.”
Tonight will see heavy showers continue – particularly in the west with temperatures lows of 3C.
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The forecaster said: Heavy showers continuing, most frequent in the western half of the country.
“Fresh westerly winds, strong on coasts. Lows of 3 to 5 degrees.”
Met Eireann has said the national outlook for the week is “Breezy with heavy showers early in the week, becoming dry and settled with good sunny spells by midweek. Cold nights.”