Status Yellow wind and rain warnings in place ahead of showery weekend

A Status Yellow rainfall warning remains in place today (Friday, February 19) for Cork, Kerry and Waterford as the rest of the country prepares for a mixed weekend weather-wise.

Met Éireann has said that heavy rain today may cause some river flooding and localised surface flooding with rainfall totals of 30 to 40mm, higher in mountainous regions.

The Status Yellow rainfall warning for the three counties came into effect at 9:00pm last night and will remain in place until 4:00pm. today.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow wind warning also remains in place today for Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford.

The national forecaster said that there will be strong southerly winds today in those four counties, with mean speeds of 50 to 60km/h and gusts of 80 to 100km/h.

The wind warning will remain in place until 4:00pm today.

General weekend forecast

As for the rest of the country, Met Éireann has said there will be a wet and windy start today with outbreaks of rain and a risk of flooding in the south.

Eastern parts of the country will see cloud and outbreaks of rain persist through until the afternoon; however, conditions will improve in the west later this morning with a clearance to sunny spells and scattered heavy showers.

Highest temperatures today will reach 10° or 11°.

There will also be scattered showers tonight, but many areas will remain mostly dry. Cloud will increase later in the night with rain in the southwest by tomorrow morning.

It will be a mild night with lowest temperatures of 6° to 8°.

Saturday outlook

It will be mostly dry at first on Saturday in the north; however, outbreaks of rain in the south and west will spread to all areas by early afternoon tomorrow, becoming heavy at times.

A clearance to scattered showers will develop from the west later on Saturday. It will be mild, with highest temperatures of 9° to 12°, in fresh to strong southerly winds.

It will be a mostly dry night on Saturday night with a mix of clear spells and scattered showers. The showers will be mainly confined to western coasts and lowest temperatures will be 3° to 5°.

Sunday

There will be a mostly dry start to Sunday with sunny spells, according to the national forecaster. Scattered showers will develop through the afternoon, most frequent in the west.

Highest temperatures on Sunday will be 8° to 11°. Then it will be mostly dry on Sunday night with clear spells.

However, it will be the coldest night of the week ahead with lows of 1° to 3° with a touch of frost.

Early forecasts for Monday evening onwards indicate a return to wet and windy weather.