Thursday's weather: Heavy rain by afternoon

Temperatures of 9 degrees at best

Thursday's weather: Heavy rain by afternoon

Sandbags are placed along the quayside in Athlone, by the river Shannon as flood waters continue to rise. Picture by: Brian Lawless / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Today

Largely dry this morning with just isolated showers, however, showers will become more frequent and widespread during the afternoon, turning heavy at times and wintry over the north of the country.

Winds will be mainly moderate southwesterly and temperatures will be 4 or 5 degrees at best in northern counties and 6 to 9 degrees elsewhere.

Tonight

Showers will become more isolated during the evening and early night but there will be further showers overnight, mainly along the western half of the country. Winds will be mainly moderate to fresh southwesterly but will be strong again in the north.

Lowest temperatures between zero and plus 3 degrees.

With thanks to Met Éireann