Ireland looks set to avoid a major storm heading for the UK over the bank holiday that is expected to leave a trail of destruction in the south of England.
The 'St Jude Storm', named after the patron saint of depression and lost causes, whose feast day falls on Monday, is expected to bring winds of 90mph and 30mm of rain.
It originated as a minor disturbance over the Gulf of Mexico, gathering pace on its path towards Europe, but Met Eireann says Ireland is not in its path.
However, any hopes of a fine bank holiday weekend have been dashed, with wind and rain forecast.
For commuters, the weather is already creating havoc on the roads this morning.
Motorists are being advised to drive slowly and carefully as there are reports of surface water and flooding across the country.
Excess water has been reported around County Louth, with drivers being asked to take particular care on the N51 Drogheda/Slane road.
There is flooding in Mullingar and the main street, Shanagolden in Limerick has been deemed impassable.
There is also spot flooding on the N69 Askeaton/Tralee road at Abbeydourney and north of Tralee, as well as on the N22 Cork/Killarney road at the Inchigeelagh turnoff and in Macroom town centre.
Motorists on the N72 Killarney/Mallow road at Rathmore are being advised to take an alternative route.
After an unseasonably mild and sunny start to the week the rain clouds that darkened the skies yesterday look set to stay for the coming days.
While the rain is set to clear for a time this evening it will only be a temporary respite.
"There will probably be rain every day over the weekend," Met Eireann's John Eagleton told the Herald.
Wet and windy weather is expected to spread across the country tomorrow morning and early afternoon followed by brighter but showery weather. And Sunday looks set to be a day of more wind and showers with temperatures dipping below the 15C mark. Severe winds are even expected for a time especially in the north.
While bank holiday Monday looks dry for much of the country, with sunny spells and isolated showers, there is the risk of some rain in the south-east.