Wind and flood alerts spoil hopes for return of sunny days
Ireland's topsy turvy weather will continue as weather warnings have been put in place this weekend.
The glorious sunny conditions of earlier in the week will be replaced by wind and the danger of flooding in areas.
The nation basked in warm Mediterranean days with lots of sunshine on Monday and Tuesday, but just a few days later we are being advised to beware of strong gales and heavy rain.
The sound of thunder in the sky in some areas may be considered an apt soundtrack for our roller-coaster weather.
Met Éireann forecasters warned that a deep Atlantic depression was bearing down on Ireland from the south-west, which was expected to track east over the country overnight and early today.
This was forecast to generate some unseasonably strong south-westerly winds, with the strongest winds affecting south-western and southern coastal counties.
Gusts as strong as 80kmh or 90kmh are possible in coastal areas as rough seas are expected with some heavy, thundery rain or showers at times.
The national forecasting service declared a yellow warning will remain in place for Wexford, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford until 6pm today.
Today is expected to be wet and windy with widespread showers and strong westerly winds as the low-pressure system slowly moves north-eastwards over the country.
Westerly winds will be strong and gusty but will gradually moderate towards evening. Highest temperatures today will be between 16C and 19C.
In Dublin, it will be showery and windy with some bright spells, again with the risk of some of the showers being heavy.
Highest temperatures in the capital are expected to be around 17C or 18C degrees, with fresh and gusty westerly winds.
Tomorrow will see a dry and bright start in many areas in the morning with well-scattered light showers.
However, thickening cloud and rain will move into the south-west in the morning and gradually spread north-eastwards to affect Connacht and Leinster through the afternoon and evening.
Met Éireann said tomorrow afternoon temperatures would be between 18C and 20C and winds would be light at first, but freshening southerly later.
The sun will make a welcome return on Monday with good sunshine in many places in the afternoon.