Thunderstorms, flash-flooding and heavy rain are anticipated in parts of the country today, according to a forecast from Met Éireann. It has taken the rare step of issuing an orange alert this morning to warn of seriously heavy rain throughout the country.

Risks of flooding have been raised in particular in parts of Munster and Connacht as the “warm and humid air mass” continues to play havoc with weather conditions. Forecasters say that up to 70 mm (seven centimetres) of rain may fall in parts of Munster and Connacht , while Leinster, Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan can expect between 30 and 50 mm over the course of the day. This may lead to flooding in some parts of the country.

However, while formidable conditions are expected particularly in the south and southwest of the country, Met Éireann said things are set to improve slightly over the bank holiday weekend, but that next week will continue to deliver extremely unsettled conditions, characterised by sunny spells and heavy rains.

Meanwhile, heavy rain, severe wind gusts and even tornados have been forecast by the European Storm Forecast Experiment (ESTOFEX). It has issued a level 1 warning for the country, predicting severe wind gusts and tornadoes due an ‘intense’ weather pattern.

Image Latest Met Eireann web radar of Ireland at 8.30pm