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Drenching Met Éireann warns of flood risk as Status Yellow alert issued for 4 counties

Up to 40mm of rain could drench parts of the country and 'grass frost' is expected on Wednesday night

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Flooding (stock) (Damien Storan/PA)

Flooding (stock) (Damien Storan/PA)

Flooding (stock) (Damien Storan/PA)

A Status Yellow weather warning has been issued by Met Éireann as heavy rain is expected to batter the west and southwest of the country. 

The alert warns of a risk of flooding in four counties as torrential rain is promised with up to 40mm expected to fall.

Localised flooding will occur in Galway, Mayo, Kerry and Cork with 25 to 40mm of rain is expected, with higher accumulations forecast in mountainous regions.

The warning will be in place for 18 hours from 6pm this evening until 12pm on Wednesday.

"Rain will spread countrywide on Tuesday night, with some heavy falls, bringing a risk of localised spot flooding with lowest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees with strong southerly winds developing,” the warning said.

"Wednesday will be a wet and windy day with a continued risk of localised spot flooding.

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"Strong and gusty southerly winds will veer westerly and ease later in the day.

"Top temperatures of 12 and 14 degrees are expected.

"The rain will clear eastwards on Wednesday night and under clear skies temperatures will drop significantly in a much cooler airmass than recent days, down to between plus 2 and 5 degrees with a grass frost possibly developing."

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