Rain and snow warnings issued with risk of localised flooding

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for five counties, highlighting the risk of localised flooding in affected counties.

Issued at 12:00pm today (Monday, February 1), the warning will be valid from 8:00pm this evening through to 11:59pm tomorrow night.

The warning will cover counties: Donegal; Galway; Leitrim; Mayo; and Sligo.

In these counties, Met Éireann warns that heavy rain tonight followed by frequent showers tomorrow will give rainfall accumulations of around 30 to 40mm, bringing a risk of localised flooding.

Meanwhile, in Northern Ireland, the UK Met Office has issued a Yellow rain and snow warning for counties: Antrim; Tyrone; and Derry.

In these counties, the Met Office warns that heavy rain and snow may lead to tricky travel conditions.

For the country in general, Met Éireann says that today will be mostly cloudy and rather damp with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle along with areas of mist.

During this evening, heavy rain will develop in the southwest, extending northeastwards over Ireland early tonight.

A contrast in temperatures will be felt across the country today with highs of just 2° to 5° over northern areas but ranging from 6° to 10° further south in moderate southeast winds, the national meteorological office concludes.