GALE force winds will rip up the coastal region today but it looks like relief at last from the downpours.
The Irish Coast Guard issued a warning to the public to avoid coastal areas, particularly the exposed cliff paths.
The high seas can generate large waves which pose a danger to anyone close to the shoreline, the Coast Guard said.
“Stay away from the shoreline and do not engage in water sports,” it said in a statement. “
But although we are not out of the woods just yet, there is some brighter weather on the way.
“The very worst is behind us,” says Met Eireann forecaster Vincent O’Shea.
Patchy showers will replace the deluge which saw half the average monthly rain total for Dublin fall within a 36-hour period.
The drier weather comes in tonight, with just some drizzle likely towards morning in the northwest. Tomorrow there will even be a few sunny spells early in the day in the east and south.
This will come as good news for the many thousands attending the National Ploughing Championships near New Ross, in Co Wexford.
Drizzle will still hit and tomorrow night another band of rain will cross the country from the Atlantic.
By Friday, winds will increase to a blustery, with sunny spells and showers, but warmer weather moves in on Friday night and Saturday.
Sunday too will be mild but wet and windy with widespread rain – not as heavy as that of the past few days – and the unsettled conditions will continue into next week.
The torrential rain which hit the country at the beginning of this week did not break any records but homes in Co Meath were put on high flood alert and had to be protected by sandbags.
Navan and Drogheda fire brigades had to pump excess water out of the Northlands housing estate in Bettystown.