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Wrap up Temperatures set to plummet with 'persistent' heavy rain on the way

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Cool and showery today

Cool and showery today

Cool and showery today

Wrap up warmly because temperatures are about to get chillier and we are facing more heavy rain on the way.

The nights will be cold over the coming days with mid-week temperatures expected to drop close to freezing.

Dull weather is set to continue today as "persistent" rain will sweep the country, however the strong winds that some parts have experienced over the weekend will calm down.

A status yellow wind warning for Wexford, Cork and Waterford was in place until the early hours of this morning.

A status yellow rainfall warning Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary was also put in place until early this morning, with a threat of localised flooding.

The rest of the week will stay pretty gloomy, with heavy showers earlier in the week. However, it is expected to become drier with sunny spells by midweek.

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Met Éireann forecaster Gerry Murphy said that after a dry few days from Wednesday to Friday, heavy rain is expected again next weekend.

"It's going to be cooler and very showery today with southwesterly winds," the forecaster said.

"Some of the showers will be quite heavy, especially in the western half of the country with hail and possibly one or two thunderstorms. Showers will continue tonight and into tomorrow as well."

However, Mr Murphy said that showers should die out tomorrow night.

"Temperatures will be cooler today, between 8C and 11C with brisk north-west winds and similar temperatures tomorrow. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be about 10C or 11C.

Nighttime temperatures on Wednesday will reach lows close to freezing.

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