DUBLIN, Ireland - The Met Eireann has issued a third weather warning across Ireland, and has said that the weather is set to turn much colder over the coming days.
The weather body put a third weather warning in place on Friday and said that with the weather set to turn much colder, there is a high risk of snow, thunder and floods.
The Met Eireann said that heavy rainfall is expected to sweep across the country in the next 24 hours.
Further, a Status yellow rainfall alert is already in place for 12 counties and warns of a “risk of flooding.”
Until Saturday, weather officials have warned that between 30 and 50mm of rain is forecast, especially in counties Cork and Kerry.
Meanwhile, the Met Eireann said that South and west Cork, and south and west Kerry are expected to have the highest risk of flooding.
Further, in its update, the weather body said, “Up to 40mm of rain is expected to fall in counties Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. Mountainous areas are expected to have heavier downpours.”
An ongoing risk of flooding and surface water remains in all counties and officials said that the weather alerts will remain in place until Saturday.
The Met Eireann has forecast that rain will continue over Leinster and Ulster with further risks of flooding.
Munster and Connacht meanwhile are expected to be drier and sunnier.
By daytime, temperatures are expected to reach up to 10 degrees.
For Sunday, the Met Eireann has forecast a wet, windy and unsettled weather.
The following week is expected to be much colder, with snow and sleet expected on Monday and Tuesday across the north and west.
The Met Eireann warned that all areas can expect thunder and temperatures will be notably cooler with highs of only 3 to 6 degrees.