Met Éireann has issued a series of weather warnings for the coming days as temperatures continue to fall across the country as winter takes hold.
A yellow rain warning is currently in effect for Clare and Kerry counties, valid until 6am on Friday. The meteorologist has warned of heavy, persistent and at times thunderstorm-like showers, which may cause localized flooding.
The meteorologist has also issued a yellow wind warning for Kerry and West Cork, with “very strong and gusty westerly winds” expected on Thursday morning. The warning ends at 10 a.m.
Elsewhere, Met Éireann is expecting sunny spells and widespread stormy showers – “heavy and persistent” downpours on Thursday could trigger localized flooding, particularly in the south west of the country.
Hailstorms and thunderstorms are possible in parts of the country later in the day. The lowest temperatures will be between 0 and 6 degrees on Thursday evening, with frost possible in Ulster and the Midlands.
After a sunny Friday with a few passing showers, forecasters say temperatures will continue to drop. On Friday night, the mercury temperature is expected to drop to minus 1 degree in parts of the country.
On Saturday morning the frost and fog will clear, meaning it will initially be drier and sunnier. However, around midday there will be rain in the southwest of the country, extending over Münster into the evening.
The rain showers will move northeast into Saturday night, with low temperatures of 2 to 8 degrees.
Sunday morning will be wet but the rain will eventually clear eastwards with conditions remaining mostly dry apart from a few isolated showers. The lowest temperatures on Sunday night will be between 4 and 8 degrees.
Monday will bring widespread showers and the week ahead looks unsettled.