Sunday 18 March 2018

Weather warning: Spot flooding risk as heavy rainfall forecast

Showery outbreaks can be expected across the country
Showery outbreaks can be expected across the country
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

If you thought yesterday's sunshine was an indicator of the week ahead, today's weather warning puts that optimism quickly to bed.

Spot flooding is expected across a number of coastal counties later tonight as heavy, persistent rainfall is forecast.

Accumulations of up to 30mm is set to fall in Wexford, Cork, Kerry and Waterford - particularly in hilly areas.

The rainfall warning came into effect at 4am this morning and will remain in place until midday today.

This afternoon looks a little more appealing, however, as the showers will slowly die away and make way for some breakthrough sunny spells.

But although the day will end on a relatively dry note, the rest of the week will remain unsettled as an Atlantic front dominates our weather.

Cloudy with scattered showers and cooler temperatures due to fresh westerlies are what we can expect until the weekend.

Daytime temperatures may hit as high as 16 degrees but overnight temperatures will drop to a somewhat welcome 7 degrees.

The changeable conditions will continue right into the weekend - but we can expect slightly more sunshine with a bit more warmth.

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