Met Eireann has today issued a ‘yellow’ alert warning that up to 25mm of rain is set to fall in Munster and Leinster today.

Met Eireann says that heavy, thundery showers in south Leinster will spread northwards over east Leinster with a risk of localised flooding. Also a band of heavy, thundery showers in Connacht and west Munster will spread eastwards. Sunny spells will follow from the west. Highest temperatures of 17 to 19 degrees.

It says that tonight will be dry in many places this evening but heavy showers will return to Atlantic coastal areas. Overnight, showers will continue near the West coast but it will be largely dry elsewhere. Lowest temperatures will range 10 to 12 degrees.

The alert was issued today to alert people of the impending rainfall. The ‘yellow’ status from Met Eireann is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action. It is implicit that ‘yellow’ level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, but only to those exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity.

The alert was issued at 10am and is to last until 3pm today.