Irish weather forecast: Heavy rain and risk of flooding to hit Ireland this weekend

The Irish weather forecast has warned persistent heavy showers could lead to spots of flooding this weekend.

Irish meteorological service Met Eireann has issued orange and yellow weather warnings for counties Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford and Cork.

As much as 100mm of rain is expected to fall over the weekend with the Irish weather forecast adding gusty winds and low temperatures to the outlook.

Risk of spot flooding

Showers will spread across Ireland on Thursday, becoming heaviest in the east and southeast of the country.

Persistent rain will bring a risk of spot flooding in parts of Leinster and Munster later in the day with easterly winds becoming gusty along the east coast.

The west will also stay under a band of rain but showers will be relatively light.

Any chance of dry weather will be in Ulster with sunny spells keeping Belfast dry and bright all afternoon.

Temperatures will vary between 6C in the north and 9C in the south before dropping as low as 3C in rural areas overnight.

The rain will continue into Friday morning with only a small pocket of the northwest staying dry.

Leinster will get the heaviest downpours, increasing the risk of flooding in vulnerable places.

Heavy showers

The rain will continue throughout Friday in all parts of the country, becoming very heavy in the east.

The capital will be soaked with highs of 8C and moderate easterly winds making it feel cold.

Irish weather forecast experts have issued a yellow weather warning for counties Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny, predicting the risk of spot flooding in places.

Conditions will stay wet in the east towards Friday night but clear up in the west, bringing a dry but cold night in Connacht and west Munster.

Lows of 2C in coastal areas will bring a frosty start to Saturday with rain arriving in the northwest before dawn and travelling south along the Atlantic coastline.

Saturday will be cloudy for most with more showers and temperatures of between 7C and 9C.

Moderate northeasterly winds will make it feel very wintry in rural parts of Ireland with any brief bright spells appearing in the far west.

Patches of drizzle

Rain will become lighter overnight on Saturday, leaving the last few patches of drizzle drying up in the northeast.

The Irish weather forecast is for a cold night with lows of 2C in parts of Galway and 6C in Dublin.

The drizzle will clear in the north during the early hours of Sunday morning before sunny spells cover Ulster with highs of 8C in Belfast.

The rest of the country will end the weekend with more rain arriving from the south.

Sunday will be another wet day for most with heavy showers in westerly and easterly coastal areas.

A moderate easterly breeze will make it difficult to appreciate highs of up to 10C in the capital.

Weather warnings for parts of Cork and Tipperary predict the risk of further flooding on Sunday afternoon.

By Sunday night the entire country will be under a rain cloud with showers becoming persistent in time for another wet Monday morning.