Met Éireann is issuing a status orange alert for three counties tomorrow as it warns of “intense rainfall” and possible flooding

Met Éireann has issued a status orange rain warning for three counties tomorrow.

The warning for Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow, where “some very intense rain is possible” comes into effect at 7am and will remain in place until midday.

Meanwhile, a status yellow rain warning for the whole country goes into effect tomorrow at 3am in the early hours of Monday and will remain in effect until 8pm.

Met Éireann said “heavy or thunderstorm rain” will lead to flooding for Sunday night and Monday.

Forecaster Aoife Kealy said: “What is happening is that a band of rain will move in overnight across the country and spread from the south-west and there will be some pretty heavy flooding in that rain and possibly some thunderstorm rain.

“It will rain intensely and that will cause flooding in places, especially in the districts under the orange warning, but the risk is really nationwide and that’s why there is the yellow rain warning.”

Ms Kealy said while the south and east will see the worst of the rain, there will be intense rain across the country.

“Especially for the time of year, the ground is pretty wet and saturated in most places, so heavy downpours cause flooding, so really just a little bit of extra care is needed, especially if you’re out on roads, too, in the counties where the yellow warning is present.

“The South and East will see a lot of the worst but it will be seen across the country so tomorrow will be a wet day wherever you are.

“There may be a light release later tomorrow in the South West but the rain will be followed by heavy showers there.”

The rest of the week will continue to be wet.

“Next week will be similar, there really is no sign of stable weather so we may see a continuation of that after tomorrow, with outbreaks of rain and showers and temperatures that will be close to the seasonal norm,” Ms Kealy said .

“In terms of precipitation, we are generally seeing rain, intermittent showers and possibly windy conditions as well and this will remain so throughout the week.

“The roads are the big things but I will only advise people to keep an eye on their local district council and seek advice from emergency management in a situation like this and they will have the best advice for any local area.”

In Northern Ireland, the UK Met Office has issued an amber rain warning for Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry. It said heavy rain on Monday was likely to disrupt travel. This warning will remain in place from 6am tomorrow until almost midnight.

Meanwhile, there will be widespread blustery showers today, some heavy and hail.

Showers will be scattered in the afternoon with sunny spells developing. Highest temperatures range between a seasonal 6°C and 10°C with moderate to brisk westerly winds. Become calm and clear by evening.

It will be dry and clear early tonight with hints of grass frost in Ulster as temperatures drop to between 2C and 5C.

Overnight, however, wet and windy weather will rise from the southwest as the southeast winds strengthen. The rain will later become heavy in places, with possible spot flooding.

The national forecaster said the coming days will remain unsettled overall, with rain or showers on most days and temperatures near normal.

Nighttime temperatures drop to 0°C to 6°C with some patches of mist and haze. Frost also develops where clear skies persist.

Monday begins wet with widespread heavy rainfall. Outbreaks of rain will continue through the afternoon in most locations, with the possibility of more spot flooding.

As gradual clearing develops in the southwest and west, intermittent showers will also follow.

The maximum temperatures are between 8 °C and 10 °C, fresh to strong and gusty south-east winds slowly ease over the course of the day.

On Tuesday there will be scattered outbreaks of rain, mainly early in the north and north-east and later in the south-west.

However, there will also be longer periods of drought, during which some sunshine will also come through. The highest temperatures are between 7 ° C and 11 ° C, with mostly moderate south-west breezes.

On Wednesday it will be stormy with sunshine and isolated showers, partly with hail and thunder, especially closer to the Atlantic coast.

The highest temperatures are between 7 °C and 10 °C with fresh to strong south-west winds.

Thursday will be fairly wet and windy with scattered showers throughout the day. The highest temperatures are between 9 ° C and 11 ° C with fresh to strong south to south-west winds. Met Éireann is issuing a status orange alert for three counties tomorrow as it warns of “intense rainfall” and possible flooding

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