Warnings for high winds and very heavy rain have been issued for the weekend.
Mostly dry to begin with some sunshine but strengthening southwesterly winds will feed in well scattered showers.
During the afternoon, it will turn very wet across Munster, Connacht and west Ulster with spot flooding; whilst rainfall elsewhere will be well scattered.
However, southerly winds will strengthen further with severe gusts expected at times.
On Saturday evening in turn, very heavy thundery rain will extend countrywide with further localised flooding, especially across the western half of Ireland.
Highest afternoon temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees.
Staying extremely wet early tonight with further bands of heavy persistent rain moving in off the Atlantic later.
Very windy throughout, in particular later on, with strong to gale force southwest winds developing.
Lows of 2 to 7 degrees, coldest early on across the northwest.
Extremely windy and wet on Sunday as Storm Ciara tracks to the northwest of Ireland with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.
Severe and damaging gusts are likely, with strong to gale force west to southwest winds persisting through the day.
Very wet to begin with thundery rain leading to localised flooding.
Whilst it will brighten up with sunshine developing into the early afternoon, blustery showers will follow too.
Highest afternoon temperatures will range 8 to 11 degrees.