Irish weather forecast: Thundery downpours bring a high risk of flooding to Ireland this week

The Irish weather forecast has predicted this week will appear under a blanket of dark clouds and heavy rain.

Weather experts have issued a yellow weather warning to 18 counties on the Emerald Isle, flagging a high risk of flooding caused by persistent downpours.

Irish meteorological service Met Eireann has also forecast thunder on Thursday and Friday with a dramatic drop in overnight temperatures and a risk of mist and fog.

Status Yellow rainfall warning

The Irish weather forecast is not looking good this week with a status yellow warning predicting heavy bursts of rain and a high flood risk today.

The Atlantic coast will get the heaviest downpours bringing a risk of flooding to rural parts of Munster and Connacht this afternoon.

The northwest of Ireland will also stay wet all day with persistent showers becoming very heavy in places.

The east of the country may experience a few dry spells in between showers but overall the Irish weather forecast predicts a cloudy, wet day countrywide.

Highs of 13 degrees Celsius in the capital will make it feel less cold during the dry spells while further south will experience cooler temperatures of around 11C in west Cork.

Moderate southeast breezes will make it feel chilly in rural parts of Munster along with the persistent rain into the evening.

Rain will become patchy in parts of Ulster and Leinster tonight, drying up for longer periods of time.

Showers will become less heavy in the west with a morning mist forming on Tuesday morning.

The night will feel cold with temperatures dropping as low as 3C in coastal areas.

A dry spell

Any early fog will clear quickly on Tuesday morning with rain clearing in the northeast and east of the country.

Parts of Ulster may even get some sunny spells with Belfast reaching highs of 13C in the afternoon.

Dublin is also set to have a dry morning with little cloud and temperatures of around 14C.

Rain will develop in the west towards the afternoon and travel east ahead of Tuesday evening.

Scattered showers will be lighter with southeast winds veering west overnight and pushing the rain back towards the west.

This will bring much drier and sunnier conditions to the east on Wednesday morning with Dublin reaching highs of 13C.

Parts of the southeast will feel warm and sunny while clear skies are also forecast for the eastern parts of Ulster.

Heavy rain and thunder

Conditions will change overnight on Wednesday pushing heavy showers in a southwesterly direction.

A risk of thunder and heavier downpours will develop along the Atlantic coastline.

Rain will continue in the west and south throughout Thursday while more scattered showers will sweep towards the eastern half of Ireland.

Temperatures will remain in the low teens on Thursday afternoon with cloud coverage becoming thicker despite some dry patches forming in Leinster.

More rain and thunder will arrive on Friday with the southeast getting the best of any clear skies while the rest of the country continues to get soaked.