Rainfall warning: Up to 50mm of rain expected in parts of the country

A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for parts of the country, with accumulations set to reach as much as 50mm in certain areas, according to Met Eireann.

Issued earlier this morning, the rainfall warnings are set to come into effect at 6:00pm this evening (Friday, November 10). They will remain valid for a 24-hour period until 6:00pm on Saturday, November 11.

Accumulations of between 40mm and 50mm of rain are forecast for counties Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry. There is a danger of these rainfall levels being locally higher on hills and mountains, Met Eireann added.

Meanwhile, rainfall totals ranging between 30mm and 40mm are likely to fall across counties Offaly, Limerick and Tipperary during the 24-hour period.

Conditions will be mainly dry at first today with bright or sunny spells apart from a few scattered showers in the north and isolated elsewhere.

However cloudy conditions, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, are forecast to extend from the Atlantic later this afternoon and evening.

As per the warnings, the rain is set to turn heavy in many areas later this evening and early tonight – especially in parts of the west. Temperatures are set to range between 9º and 12º, in mostly moderate westerly breezes.

Tonight is expected to be cloudy and wet, with widespread rain – remaining heavy in many areas – and a risk of localised flooding. Hill and coastal fog is also a possibility.

Clearer conditions will move down across northern areas and it will turn cold here, with lowest temperatures of 2º to 5º, with some grass frost.

It is forecast to milder elsewhere though, with values of 6º to 12º .

Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Saturday, will be cloudy and wet in Munster, south Leinster and in many parts of Connacht with further rain remaining heavy and persistent at times, according to Met Eireann.

Drier and brighter weather is forecast elsewhere though, with just a few isolated showers in northern coastal areas, it added. Highest afternoon temperatures of 7º to 12º are likely.

It is set to be mostly dry tomorrow night with good clear spells developing, but scattered showers will affect the coastal fringes of Connacht and Ulster.

Lowest temperatures may fall to between 2º and 6º with some grass frost.

Outlook

Meanwhile, Sunday is forecast to be mostly dry and bright with sunny spells. But there is a danger of a few scattered showers occurring near north and north-east coasts.

Maximum temperatures will reach as high as 10º, in mostly moderate northwesterly breezes.

Sunday night will become very cold, with widespread ground frost, according to Met Eireann. Overnight temperatures are expected to drop to between -2º and 3º.

Early indications suggest that Monday will be mainly dry and bright at first, with frost and any mist or fog clearing quickly.

Cloudy conditions – with outbreaks of rain and drizzle – will extend gradually from the Atlantic, but overall amounts are expected to be relatively small, Met Eireann explained.