Winter warning Temperatures set to plummet and heavy rain forecast for the week ahead
WINTER is coming as cold temperatures, high winds and heavy rain have been predicted to batter Ireland this week.
Met Éireann has predicted a week of fluctuating weather conditions this week with everything from mild and cloudy weather to flash flooding on the forecast.
It will be mostly cloudy this morning although it will become mild this afternoon and heavy rain is expected to move in across the west of the country with a risk of flooding.
The wet weather will continue into the middle of the week getting heaviest on Wednesday when temperatures are expected to drop to near freezing.
“Cloud will thicken this morning with patchy rain and drizzle increasing from the southwest through the day,” said Met Éireann.
“It will be coolest through the morning, becoming noticeably milder through the afternoon and into the evening with highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees.
"Southwesterly winds will increase from fresh to strong, maintaining an ongoing risk of coastal flooding.
“Tonight will be humid with patchy rain or drizzle at times mainly along Atlantic coasts.
“Rain in the west will spread eastwards across the country.
“It will be heaviest and most persistent over the western half of the country, bringing a risk of localised flooding.
“Tuesday will be breezy to start with moderate to fresh south winds, strong on coasts, but winds will veer west and ease light to moderate overnight.
“On Wednesday rain will clear eastwards through the morning and afternoon, with sunny spells developing.
“However, showers will follow from the west with the potential for some heavy falls, particularly over the western half of the country.
"Temperatures will drop to 2 degrees by Wednesday night and Thursday will be a cool day.
"Conditions will remain largely dry and bright over much of the country as lingering showers ease through the morning.
“However, cloud will thicken from the west through the afternoon and evening, with rain and drizzle pushing into western areas from the Atlantic during the evening.
“Current indications for Friday are that rain will persist in most areas during Friday morning but will clear northeastwards during the afternoon.”