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Flooding risk for seven counties as two rain warnings issued

Rain in Munster will move north-eastwards across Leinster and later into east Ulster tonight.

Rainy weather (stock)

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

Seven counties are under rainfall warnings this morning with a risk of flooding in places after heavy overnight rain.

A Status Orange Rain warning for Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow has been updated following “significant accumulations of rainfall."

The Met Éireann alert states that there will be additional accumulations this morning, “with flooding in places."

This alert will be in place until 12pm this afternoon.

Meanwhile, following recent heavy rain, there is also a risk of flooding in Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, and Cork where a Status Yellow warning has been issued until noon today.

Heavy rainfall is expected across several counties today (stock image)

“Outbreaks of rain will continue to move northwards across east Munster and Leinster this morning, with the heaviest and most persistent in the southeast where there is an ongoing risk of localised flooding,” Met Eireann said.

“The rain will clear later this morning and scattered heavy showers in the west will extend eastwards, with sunny spells developing too.

“A spell of rain will move into the southwest late this afternoon, spreading across Munster during the evening and becoming heavy and possibly thundery in places. Highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees in light to moderate south to southwest breezes.”

Rain in Munster will move north-eastwards across Leinster and later into east Ulster tonight.

“The rain will be heavy at times in Munster and Leinster and there will be a chance of thundery downpours leading to localised flooding,” Met Eireann adds.

“ In Connacht and west Ulster, and later in Munster, there will be clear spells and scattered showers. Cooler than recent nights, with lowest temperatures of three to seven degrees, in light to moderate southerly or variable winds.”

Any lingering rain in the east and northeast will clear into the Irish Sea on Friday morning and will be followed by sunny spells and scattered showers.

The showers will become frequent and heavy in the west by afternoon, merging into longer spells of rain as they track eastwards.

It will be driest with the best of the sunshine across the eastern half of the country. Highest temperatures will range between 10 and 13 degrees in light to moderate southerly winds.

Scattered showers will continue into Friday night, and tending to move north-eastwards through the night. It will become chilly under largely clear skies, with temperatures falling to between 3 and 7 degrees. Patches of mist and fog will develop too in a light southerly breeze.

Saturday will see a day of sunny spells and showers, most frequent over the western half of the country but becoming more isolated during the evening.

Much of the eastern half of the country will see a lot of dry weather during the day with the best of the sunny spells.

However it will be quite cool with highest temperatures ranging 10 to 13 degrees, in light to moderate south to southwest breezes.

It will be a wet and breezy Saturday night as a spell of rain moves into the west and southwest and extends across the country, turning heavy at times.

The rain will continue in the east and north on Sunday, with sunny spells and heavy showers elsewhere. It will be a breezy day with moderate to fresh southeast to southwest winds, strong at times near coasts.

Rain will linger in northern areas for a time on Sunday night and there will be further heavy showers in the west and south.

There will be a good deal of dry and clear weather across the centre of the country, although it will become cold here too as temperatures fall to between one and four degrees.

There will be a good deal of dry weather on Monday with a mix of cloudy and sunny spells while the outlook is a cooler start to next week, with sunny spells and showers into midweek.

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