Wednesday's weather: Heavy, thundery rain before cool bright afternoon

Sunny spells and scattered heavy showers later

Wednesday's weather: Heavy, thundery rain before cool bright afternoon

The sun sets over Tyne and Wear in England. Picture by: Owen Humphreys / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Today

Rain, heavy or thundery in places at first, will clear northeastwards this morning and gales on southern and some eastern coasts will ease.

Colder, brighter conditions with sunny spells and scattered heavy showers will follow in strong and blustery west to northwest winds.

Cold with afternoon temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees, coldest in the north and northwest where some of the showers will be wintry on high ground.

There are two Status Yellow weather warnings in place, but due to expire by 9 O'clock this morning.

STATUS YELLOW

Wind Warning for Dublin, Wexford, Wicklow, Galway, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford
SW winds will strengthen again this evening and overnight and will later veer NW. Mean speeds 50 to 65 km/hr with gusts to around 90 km/hr are expected, winds will be strongest in exposed coastal fringes.

Issued:Tuesday 26 January 2016 15:00
Valid:Tuesday 26 January 2016 21:00 to Wednesday 27 January 2016 09:00


STATUS YELLOW

Weather Advisory for Wexford, Galway, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford
A combination of strong winds, high tides and heavy rain brings the enhanced risk of coastal flooding overnight and at first tomorrow to exposed coastal areas.

Issued:Tuesday 26 January 2016 16:00
Valid:Tuesday 26 January 2016 21:00 to Wednesday 27 January 2016 09:00

Tonight

Cold early tonight with showers becoming confined to western and northern areas, some possibly wintry on higher ground of the north.

A sharp frost will develop as temperatures fall to between 0 and 2 degrees in many areas, but about 4 or 5 degrees in some southwestern and western coastal areas, but frost clearing from many areas overnight as southwesterly winds strengthen.

This information with thanks to Met Éireann