KEEP your umbrella close at hand over the coming days as unsettled weather with spells of heavy rain is expected.
Met Eireann has warned motorists to expect localised flooding with as much as 15mm of rainfall forecast for tomorrow.
The warning came after spot flooding in Arklow and Dublin city centre yesterday, and more is expected up to and including the weekend.
Forecaster Vincent O'Shea said that while the rest of the week would be "changeable", temperatures would remain high.
"We had an unusually large downpour of rain (yesterday) with as much as 30mm," he said.
"The Dublin area was one of the worst affected, with incidents of spot flooding.
"It's going to be unusually mild for the rest of the week, with temperatures way up into the high teens. Today will be quite pleasant, dry in a lot of places, with the odd heavy shower in west Munster and Connacht.
"Temperatures could be as high as 17C today, but it's a very changeable picture over the coming days, with widespread rain on Friday.
"As much as 15mm could fall, and it will be quite overcast and mild. October can be quite a mild month, and we're after a fine summer and the sea is still quite warm.
"Saturday and Sunday will be mild, pleasant with light winds and while there will be a lot of dry weather there'll be passing showers as well.
"Coastal areas of Munster and Connacht will be most at risk. Dublin, Belfast, the east and north could even escape," he added.
By Paul Melia