Batten down the hatches: wet and windy weekend ahead

Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings as cold weather and severe downpours are expected throughout the weekend

Batten down the hatches: wet and windy weekend ahead

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There are reports of spot flooding in some areas as the country battens down for a wet and windy weekend.

Met Éireann has issued two weather warnings for the weekend with further heavy falls of rain today, tonight and into Saturday.

Cold and unsettled weather is expected continue right through the weekend with snow and sleet expected as well as severe, thundery downpours across the west of the country.

Met Éireann’s Siobhain Ryan said there is an ongoing risk of flooding in some areas.

“There have been significant rainfall totals in over parts of Cork especially these last number of hours - and around an inch of rain occurring across parts of the west and southwest since midday yesterday,” she said.

“Obviously it is very cold out there but the main focus really will be on the wet weather, particularly through today, tonight and for a time tomorrow.

“The heaviest of the rain is actually in over the western half of the country, particular near the Atlantic coastline and we have rainfall warnings out for these parts.

"The rain could temporarily turn to wet snow or even snowfall for higher ground.”

Ms Ryan said the conditions are not all that unusual for the time of year.

“Really the cliché’s all fit ‘March of many weathers’ and often it comes it like a lion,” she said. “We actually are due a bit of wintry weather it just so happens that it is coinciding with the early days of our spring-time.”

The rain may ease at times across Leinster moving into Sunday, but it is expected to stay damp with further on-off rain or drizzle.

Highest temperatures are expected to remain at only 4 to 9 degrees Celsius throughout tonight and Saturday.