Met Éireann has put the country on alert for a stormy spell
Met Éireann weather charts forecast stormy weather barrelling toward Ireland bringing strong winds and widespread rain from the Atlantic.
The spell of Easter weekend sunny warm weather has broken and the forecaster is now expecting rain and colder conditions to set in for the rest of the week and weekend.
Met Éireann says Friday looks like bringing the worst of the conditions with a clearance later Saturday. Another bout of wet weather looks to be following on Sunday.
Temperatures will also be well back on the summer-like Easter weather.
Met Éireann weather issued at 8.37am on Wednesday, April 24
TONIGHT - WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL
Tonight rain will clear northwards with the risk of heavy or thundery downpours. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees in light to moderate east to southeast winds, a little fresher along southern coasts.
TOMORROW - THURSDAY 25TH APRIL
Tomorrow, Thursday will see widespread showers, some heavy, prolonged and possibly thundery, with bright or sunny spells too. Cooler then recently with highest temperatures of 11 to 15 degrees, in light to moderate variable or southeast winds, gusty at times.
Headline: Rather unsettled weather with spells of heavy rain and strong winds at times. Turning cooler with maximum temperatures closer to normal or slightly below normal.
Thursday Night: Showers becoming isolated with some clear spells developing in light to moderate variable breezes. A band of rain will push into Atlantic coastal counties towards morning in freshening northwesterly wind. It will turn somewhat cooler with lowest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees.
Friday: Outbreaks of rain at first followed by a spell of wet and windy weather pushing in from the Atlantic. Highest temperatures of 9 to 13 degrees. Wet and windy weather will continue on Friday night with rain turning possibly heavy and a risk of very strong and gusty winds. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees.
Weekend: Current indications are for heavy rain to clear later in the day to scattered showers with sunny spells. It will turn cooler with highest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees, as strong and gusty northwesterly winds moderate. A further spell of wet and windy weather is set to sweep across the country on Sunday. Highest temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees.