Winter is coming: Status orange and yellow rainfall warnings for tonight
Met Eireann has issued status yellow and orange warnings for heavy rainfall from tonight.
A status orange rainfall warning has been issued for Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Tipperary.
Widespread, very heavy rain, with some thundery downpours are expected tonight and tomorrow. Spot flooding is expected and Met Eireann predicts possible accumulations of 35 to 50mm. However, on hilly ground and on mountains, accumulations may be up to 70mm.
Meanwhile, a yellow rainfall warning will be in place for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Waterford from tonight. Forecasters are predicting possible rainfall accumulations of 25 to 35mm.
Today, most areas will be dry today with spells of hazy sunshine. The best of the sunshine will be seen across the eastern half of the country, and highest temperatures will range between 17 to 20 degrees celsius.
Heavy, persistent rain will develop in the southwest and west tonight, however. While tomorrow will start off dry in the east and northeast, it will be an extremely wet start elsewhere and the heavy rain will extend to eastern and northern areas in the afternoon.
The rain may clear eventually in the southwest and parts of the west later tomorrow evening.
Overall, Saturday will be a dry day with a few showers, while Sunday will also see some scattered showers.
Next week is expected to be unsettled, with spells of wet and windy weather expected, but it will be mild at times too, according to Met Eireann.