Stormy start to festive season as wind and rain on their way
A wild start to the festive period is on the cards, with plunging temperatures and wet and windy conditions forecast.
Met Eireann has said "stormy conditions" are in store for later in the week, as hail and thunder are also predicted.
Rain is set to become persistent today and tomorrow, and with temperatures dropping as low as -2C, motorists are being urged to take care as frost and ice are expected to develop.
The national forecaster has issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for Wexford, Cork and Waterford until 3pm today.
Rain was expected to develop in the south overnight and continue northwards over the country, turning heavy at times with a risk of spot flooding in the south.
Temperatures are expected to fall to between -1C and -2C but will rise to between 3C and 6C later in the week.
Today will see a wet start to the day, with the rain being persistent and heavy for a time, especially in the south and south-east.
Rain will become widespread tomorrow night, resulting in "possibly stormy conditions" as gales develop.
Scattered, blustery showers are in store for Friday, with a risk of hail and thunder.
Meanwhile, the weekend also looks set to be miserable, with more rain and showers moving in from the Atlantic on Saturday afternoon.
For those heading out on Saturday night, Met Eireann warns that a windy night is in store.
A slight improvement is forecast for Sunday, with showers becoming increasingly isolated and north-westerly winds gradually moderating.